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Synonym: Monotropsis odorata
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.