Parasitic Plants

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Kingdom: Plantae — Magnoliophyta, magnoliids
Order: Piperales

parasitic plants, Hydnora
Family: Hydnoraceae
Genus: Hydnora africana

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Kingdom: Plantae — Magnoliophyta, Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales

parasitic plants, Allotropa virgata
parasitic plant, Monotropa uniflora
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Allotropa
The Sugarstick or Barber's Pole

One species, Allotropa virgata, occupies coniferous and hardwood forest habitats in northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Montana and Idaho.
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Family: Ericaceae

Two species occupying temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America.
For more Monotropa information - CLICK HERE

paasitic plants, Pterospora andromedea
paasitic plants, Pyrola
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Pterospora andromedea

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Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Pyrola

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paasitic plants, Sarcodes sanguinea
paasitic plants, Sarcodes sanguinea
Family: Monotropaceae
Genus: Sarcodes
Snow Plant

One species occupying conifer forests of California, Oregon and portions of western Nevada and northern Baja Mexico.
More Sarcodes sanguinea information - CLICK HERE

Family: Monotropaceae
Genus: Hemitomes
Gnome Plant

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paasitic plants, Monotropsis odorata
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Family: Monotropaceae
Genus: Monotropsis odorata
Pygmy Pipes

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Family: Monotropaceae
paasitic plants, Pleuricospora fimbriolata
Family: Monotropaceae


Kingdom: Plantae — Magnoliophyta, Magnoliopsida
Order: Santalales

parasitic plants, Balanophora fungosa
parasitic plant, Helosis
Family: Balanophoraceae
Genus: Balanophora fungosa

~15 species
For more Balanophora fungosa information and images - CLICK HERE

Family: Balanophoraceae

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Special thanks to Dr. Sherwin Carlquist for his contributions to these pages. References

Intrigued? Want to see more? Take a look at the following pages!

Investigate the American Journal of Botany images & cover stories online: BSA Online Image Collection

Want to surf the web for more interesting plant information? —Try these sites:
Carnivorous Plants / Insectivorous Plants, The Mysterious Venus Flytrap, Flora of North America Carnivorous Plant Fact Sheet




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