Vintage Printable, Botanical Pluto: Monotropa uniflora and other plants formerly known as Monotropaceae but now demoted to the Ericaceae family

Monotropa uniflora and its cousins are unusual flowering vascular plants that have no chlorophyll and instead get nutrients from a mycorrhizal mutual destruction pact with some fungi living off the roots of pine trees. Eliminating their botanical family, Monotropaceae, and moving them into Ericaceae is the botanical equivalent of being Pluto’d. A botanical demotion.

Vintage Printable - Botanical - Monotropaceae - Monotropa hypopitys

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