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Pterospora andromedea Nutt.

Woodland pinedrops

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyMonotropaceaeMonotropa family, which lack chlorophyll and get nutrition from parasitizing fungi
GenusPterosporaFrom the Greek pteros, “a wing,” and spora, “seed,” thus “winged seed”
SpeciesandromedeaReferring to Andromeda, daughter of Ethiopian king Cepheus and Cassiope, who was chained to a rock as an offering to a sea monster and rescued by Perseus, of unknown application

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Pterospora andromedea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Pterospora andromedea (woodland pinedrops)

5/7/1997 · Florissant and Lake George area, Colorado · By Tim Chandler


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