Pterospora andromedea Nutt.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Ericales||Tea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others|
|Family||Monotropaceae||Monotropa family, which lack chlorophyll and get nutrition from parasitizing fungi|
|Genus||Pterospora||From the Greek pteros, “a wing,” and spora, “seed,” thus “winged seed”|
|Species||andromedea||Referring 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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5/7/1997 · Florissant and Lake George area, Colorado · By Tim Chandler
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