Pleuricospora fimbriolata – Fringed Pinesap

Fringed Pinesap is a small, uncommon, herbaceous perennial wildflower with a limited geographic distribution in the western United States, California, Oregon, and Washington. The fruit is eaten by small mammals that then disperse the seeds.

Pleuricospora fimbriolata.
Pleuricospora fimbriolata. Photo by Norman Jensen.

Map of North America showing green shaded areas where the species may be found.
Pleuricospora fimbriolata range map. USDA PLANTS Database.

Pleuricospora fimbriolata (Pleuricospora – seeds at side from the location of the seeds in the ovary; fimbriolata fringed with very fine hairs from the hairs on the tip of the sepal).

Pleuricospora fimbriolata attains a height of 6 to 10 centimeters. The plant is fleshy and glabrous. There are no leaves. The flower stalk (peduncle) is creamy yellow. The inflorescence is a raceme of densely arranged flowers. The flowers are cream or pink and pubescent inside. The fruit is a fleshy berry. The plant is not persistent after the berry has ripened.

Pleuricospora fimbriolata.
Pleuricospora fimbriolata. Photo by Chris Wagner.

Pleuricospora fimbriolata.
Pleuricospora fimbriolata. Photo by Norman Jensen.

Pleuricospora fimbriolata flowers in mid summer. It is found in mature, moist, shaded mixed or coniferous forests from 150 to 2,800 meters.