Monotropa hypopitys

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaMonotropaceaeMonotropaMonotropa hypopitys


A saprophytic perennial herb of leaf litter in shaded woodlands, most frequent under Fagus and Corylus on calcareous substrates, and under Pinus on more acidic soils. It also grows in damp dune-slacks, where it is usually associated with Salix repens. 0-395 m (Buxton, Derbys.).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Temperate element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 4

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 817

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Non-bulbous geophyte (rhizome, corm or tuber)



Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 288

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 24

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -1.09

JNCC Designations


External Species Accounts

Atlas text references

Atlas (198a)
Atlas Supp (45b
c) Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols. Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.