Observation 98268: Monotropa coccinea

When: 2012-06-24

Collection location: Nevado de Toluca, Mexico, Mexico [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: From Mexico. One flower per stalk. The large size and reddish color distinguish it from Monotropa uniflora.

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monotropa coccinea
By: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)
2012-07-07 16:15:10 CDT (-0500)

Is considered synonymous with M. uniflora, though pigmentation is very different.


Thanks for the link Walt
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2012-06-27 13:29:41 CDT (-0500)

I emailed the author and he said that there are two distinct types of Monotropa known from the south. The ones from Florida have been called Monotropa britonii and the ones from Mexico have been called Monotropa coccinea. More research is needed to determine if these are the same species as M. uniflora. I’ll be re-collecting these and mailing him dried material.

Maybe a different species
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-06-26 10:05:26 CDT (-0500)
What Noah said.
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-06-26 08:40:09 CDT (-0500)
Single flower…
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2012-06-26 07:14:34 CDT (-0500)
By: IntoTheFlames
2012-06-26 06:51:54 CDT (-0500)

You must have some awesome adventures. I always love your finds!

Not indian pipe
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2012-06-26 00:07:19 CDT (-0500)

Monotropa uniflora has a thinner stem and is more white. This is a mycoheterotrophic plant which feeds on mycelium.

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