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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Proposed Names

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 10:51:07 CST (-0600)

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 08:30:27 CST (-0600)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-07-03 12:03:35 CDT (-0500)

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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