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Maggi Young

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Diversity of Ericaceae
« on: January 10, 2016, 06:12:58 PM »
It's fun to see what  wacky plants are included in the ericaceae - quite a diverse family- not just heathers and rhododendrons, for sure!

 A member of the Hampshire AGS, Harvey K.,   posted a super photo  on their group's facebook page of this  beauty

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Photographed near the melting snow line in California - c1973 by Harvey Kagakusha

Sarcodes sanguinea. which Harvey described as " A very odd plant, saprophytic not parasitic, and surprisingly it's in Ericaceae, monotypic genus.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcodes
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Which leads us to ....
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycoheterotrophy   8)

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 07:39:36 PM »
Moneses uniflora is a mixotrophic plant. It can photosynthesize and get nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi. it is also in the Ericaceae family.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 12:24:48 AM »
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe) is another odd Ericaceae, also mycoheterotrophyc  :)
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 08:21:14 PM »
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe) is another odd Ericaceae, also mycoheterotrophyc  :)


Gabriela,

Have you ever tried it from seed?
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016, 11:39:30 PM »
Gabriela,
Have you ever tried it from seed?

I haven't because there was a Fagus missing from our garden; not anymore! I planted a young one in the fall and there will be more. Mix some mushrooms spores around (specific genera) and maybe it will work.
It's not too common though even these conditions are found in many woods but I'll give it a try. At least it is more certain what it needs comparing with Chimaphila  ;)
There is also a pink form that I still have to found.
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 11:29:42 AM »
 Is Monotropa a member of the Monotropacea family? While we are on the subject here is M. hypopitys. img. 0062.
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2016, 11:35:13 AM »
Two more members of Erica are Bog Rosemary, Andromeda polifolia img. 3513 and Kalmia angustifolia img. 09 367.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2016, 11:43:32 AM »
I think Moneses is in the Pyrolacea- Wintergreen family. Here is M. uniflora img. 1872.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2016, 11:45:46 AM »
I,ll post some more wintergreens on the wildflower site.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2016, 02:10:35 PM »
When I was a kid we picked small bouquets of Moneses uniflora. It is many years ago. I have been looking for the last ten years, but I have not found a single.
Many of the species that were in the pasture, when I was a child, is gone.
They live only in memory.
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2016, 02:39:33 PM »
Is Monotropa a member of the Monotropacea family? While we are on the subject here is M. hypopitys. img. 0062.

 Kew says " species in the genus Monotropa (family Ericaceae) "
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2016, 08:37:01 PM »
Maggi, a bit strange? Ericas are woody shrubs. According to Stace and CTW Monotropa are members of their own family. Taxonominists strike again.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2016, 08:39:31 PM »
I understand very little about how the taxonomists reach their classifications, Ian.  :-X
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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 08:41:40 PM »
You are right Maggi, another re-shuffle by the desk bound.

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Re: Diversity of Ericaceae
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 08:45:15 PM »
Perhaps we mere field naturalists should call all plants Magnoliopsida?

 


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