Yellow Bird's-nest - Hypopitys monotropa

Alternative names
Dutchman’s Pipe

Plants are fleshy and grow 10?35 cm tall. The part of the plant which emerges from the soil is unbranched. All parts of the plant are pale yellowish white to reddish-tinged. The flowers are whitish tubular bells 9 to 12 mm long, born in a nodding spike.

Identification difficulty

Damp wooded areas.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History

Perennial. Unlike most plants, it does not contain chlorophyll; it is a myco-heterotroph, getting its food through parasitism upon fungi rather than photosynthesis. These fungi form a mycorrhiza with nearby tree species.

UK Status

Very local in southern England and scarce or rare elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map