Observation 69205: Pterospora andromedea Nutt.
When: 2011-05-21
Who: Byrain
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found in an mostly coniferous forest with some hardwoods.

Proposed Names

35% (4)
Eye3
Recognized by sight: Leaves, flower buds, absence of chlorophyll
34% (6)
Recognized by sight
61% (2)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight: young material.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus

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Mycoheterotroph
By: Byrain
2011-06-14 16:49:59 CDT (-0400)

I posted this a little whiles after seeing observation 68601 (http://mushroomobserver.org/68601?q=4oaH), I left the name blank since I couldn’t recall whatever names I have seen used here in the past at the time.

names
By: BlueCanoe
2011-06-14 16:17:21 CDT (-0400)

@Myxomop: I see your point about not using a descriptive, non-taxonomic name like mycoheterotroph. The debates about what to call morels showed that whatever one may personally call them (“good tasting” or whatever), this website is set up as a database of taxonomically-valid names. I was just trying to be more specific than Plantae, and I’m not very familiar with the species lists here on MO. I can’t figure out how to make an internal link to a species list, but I think this the species list you are referring to. I still think it’s a MHT, but the name should be a species, genus, or family (etc).

@T. Sage: I am by no means an expert on plants either. It could be some kind of parasite; I’m just more familiar with MHTs in Western North America than I am plant parasites. Searching Wikipedia, here’s an example of a plant root parasite (from eastern N.A.).

Also….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-06-14 13:46:15 CDT (-0400)

I am not very familiar with the oddball chlorophyll-lacking plants (or any plants, for that matter!), but couldn’t this potentially be getting food from another source, such as a plant root?

Is there a way to discern the ‘host’ by sight of the plant? Can you at least tell whether it is a plant or a fungus?

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-06-14 11:54:22 CDT (-0400)

is essentially akin to saying Saprotroph sp. My vote is to avoid naming by nutritional mode, especially in instances where a species list already groups obs sharing the characteristic described by the proposed name.

Plant or Fungi?
By: Lord Mayonnaise
2011-06-14 08:35:08 CDT (-0400)

Looks like a plant to me.

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