Rambling thoughts from someone trying to keep his "I wish I had..." list as short as possible.
I have never heard of a snowplant. Sounds like it would go well with the Bat Flower (Triffid). Where did you take this picture at?
Snowplant is a parasitic plant, no chlorophyll at all. It grows off the roots of pine tree. As I understand it, it's often one of the first plants up and is found pushing up through the snow. (There's a related plant called a pinedrop, that is brown, and is taller.)This picture was taken up in the Kern Meadows area. So north up into the mountains above Kernville.
I have now seen a Snowplant. Actually we saw several on our walk through the sequoia groves in the same area you mentioned above. Cool. :-)