Woodland Pinedrops grows in
decaying organic matter on the floor of pine forests. The plants have no chlorophyll,
and derive their energy from associations with mycorrhizal fungi. It is believed
the fungi may form a "bridge" between the Pinedrops and roots of pine
trees, allowing the Pinedrops to acquire energy through an indirect parasitic
relationship. Other sources describe the plant as a saprophyte, associating with
fungi to derive energy from decomposing organic matter.
Woodland Pinedrops can grow as tall as 3 feet. Dead stalks are persistent and
can be found throughout the year.