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Monotropsis reynoldsiae

PIGMYPIPES

Synonym: Monotropsis odorata

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Endangered Florida species

 

A rare plant of mesic hammocks on both coasts of north-central Florida. Recorded in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, St. Johns and recently(in 2008) Volusia County.
Differentiated from the genus Monotropa by having petals that are united over half their length. They lack chlorophyll and only appear above ground when flowering on fleshy shoots with reduced scale-like leaves.
This family of plants, sometimes listed as a subfamily of the Ericaceae, are myco-heterotropic - utilizing a fungal intermediate to obtain nutrients from photosynthetic plants.
Pygmypipes found in Florida had until only recently been considered the species Monotropsis odorata which ranges through the southeastern United States south of the Mason-Dixon line and west into Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Now all Florida pygmypipes are considered a separate endemic species. Monotropsis reynoldsiae.

 
Monotropsis reynoldsiae is a member of the Monotropaceae - Indian Pipe family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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