Observation 45656: Thismia

When: 2009-12-25

Collection location: Shayari, Cascales, Sucumbíos, Ecuador [Click for map]

Who: Danny Newman (myxomop)

No specimen available

~3cm in diameter

Initially suspected of being fungal until unearthing it from the ground, then presumed to be mycoheterotrophic on account of its pale pigmentation.

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31% (2)
Recognized by sight
56% (2)
Recognized by sight: More specific then non-fungal sp.
58% (1)
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Recognized by sight: even more specific…

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Paul Maas
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-02-25 11:51:07 EST (-0500)

author of Flora Neotropica 42: Burmanniaceae, says it’s probably undescribed, but an herbarium or “spirit” collection would be needed to say for sure.

neat find!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2013-02-25 09:30:27 EST (-0500)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-07-03 13:03:35 EDT (-0400)

On the occasion of the creation of a species list for mycoheterotrophs, perhaps this unidentified observation is worth revisiting. Though I could detect no mycelium mixed in with the roots, there is the distinct possibility that there was more to excavate underground than the third photograph suggests.

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