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Cheilotheca macrocarpa (Andrews) Y. L. Chou
Yeah, the blue thing is a dodgy characteristic to base an id on. Colour is often not reliable as a way of IDing plant species.
Edit. Monotropastrum humile seems to have an Asian distribution. It's certainly present in China and japan too. Here's the description from Flora of China: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?f...and here's the description for M.uniflora: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?f...I've got too much of a headache to play spot the difference at the moment!
at both are nothing blue, i think your right !! was a guess for me, i'm not home/familiar at/wth plants, thanks craig
for me the 1 picture works fine
I don't think the name Monotropa uniflora is in question Alex. There just happens to be a species in Taiwan (& elsewhere perhaps?) that is sufficiently similar to have been named as several different varieties of M.uniflora and is now considered to be in the genus Monotropastrum. Photos of Monotropastrum humile on the internet show a blue disc like stigma (i presume) in the centre of the flower, whereas Monotropa uniflora has a whitish one. This is the kind of suspect identification that research on the internet offers at the moment- sorry! Some websites, including the Flora of Taiwan, say M.uniflora is also present in Taiwan. I can't see the first photo here (could you re upload it Eilif?) & in the second it's not possible to see up inside the flower. Did your spot have this blue disc Eilif? I found this cool photo of the Monotropastrum setting fruit, where it looks like a pair of eyes on stalks!!! (scroll down here: http://ravishedyiryiir.blogspot.com/2010...)
@ craig- or better ask: isn't it the indian pipe ?? But the crystal orchid !!
@ craig-- is Monotropa uniflora then an old name/synoym or not the right ?? and that taxonomy hokee-kokee do i also have at the fungi, awful!!
Cheilotheca macrocarpa is a synonym. Monotropastrum humile is the accepted name: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/k...All together now: "Ho, the taxonomic hokee-kokee, Ho, the taxonomic hokee-kokee, Ho, the taxonomic hokee-kokee, knees bend, arm stretch ra ra ra" Lovely little plant! Is 'Crystal Orchid' a local common name? It never ceases to amaze me how bogus and misleading common names for plants can be.
funtastic ! ,
to Alex,The following is what I found in local professional webMonotropastrum humile (D. Don) H. HaraCheilotheca humilis (D. Don) H. KengCheilotheca humilis var. glaberrima (Hara) Keng & C. F. HsiehCheilotheca humilis var. pubescens (K. F. Wu) C. Ling阿里山水晶蘭 Cheilotheca macrocarpa (Andrews) Y. L. ChouCheilotheca pubescens (K. F. Wu) Y. L. ChouMonotropa humilis D. DonMonotropa uniflora var. pentadactyla MakinoMonotropa uniflora var. pentapetala MakinoMonotropa uniflora var. tripetala MakinoMonotropanthum ampullaceum AndresMonotropastrum arisanarum AndresMonotropastrum baranovii Y. L. Chang & Y. L. ChouMonotropastrum clarkei AndresMonotropastrum globosum Andres ex H. HaraMonotropastrum globosum var. baranovii (Y. L. Chang & Y. L. Chou) Y. C. ZhuMonotropastrum globosum var. pentapetalum (Makino) HondaMonotropastrum globosum var. tripetalum (Makino) HondaMonotropastrum humile var. glaberrimum H. HaraMonotropastrum humile var. tripetalum (Makino) H. HaraMonotropastrum lungchuanense K. F. WuMonotropastrum macrocarpum AndresMonotropastrum pubescens K. F. WuMonotropastrum tschanbaischanicum var. baranovii (Y. L. Chang & Y. L. Chou) Y. L. Chou
wow, that´s really great. Never seen such one.
hi eilifwang, are you sure you dont confuse the plant, because under you name (common and latin) i dont find much, but it looks as the indian pipe !!
That is very cool!
There is another kind in Taiwan actually pinkish! I have not spotted yet!!
An amazing find! :)
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult (wikipedia)
amazing nice find,, it's relativ rare !! this plant feed of fungi !!
Spotted on Feb 18, 2012 Submitted on Feb 18, 2012
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