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MONOTROPA

MONOTROPA hypopithysSummer to Fall2359
Pinesap10-35cm  Zone: 4
Native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, but generally scarce or rare, and is endangered in many areas. Unlike most plants, it does not contain chlorophyll; being myco-heterotroph, getting is food through parasitism upon fungi rather than photosynthesis. Thus it is capable of living in very dark conditions, such as the floor of a deep forest, because it does not need any sunlight. It grows with a single unbranched stem; all parts of the plant pale yellowish-white to reddish-tinged. The leaves are reduced to scales, which cover most of the stem. Flowers are pendulous, produced in a cluster at the apex of the stem. This is a plant for the collector, and not easy to propagate. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).
 $4.50   

MONOTROPA unifloraLate Summer2360
Indian Pipe10-30cm  Zone: 1/2
Native to Asia, North America and northern South America; generally scarce or rare across it's range. Indian pipe, has no chlorophyll, so it cannot obtain energy from sunlight. Instead, it gets nutrients from organic matter in the soil. The stems are clothed with small scale-leaves and as its species name suggests, and unlike the related M. hypopitys, the stems bear only a single flower. Like most myco-heterotrophic plants, M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts and therefore it's propagation is challenging. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).
 $4.25   

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