Heterotrophic Plants?

Dave Knorr dak at apldbio.com
Thu Oct 24 14:45:15 EST 1996


In article <199610221307.GAA18926 at net.bio.net> Marc van Iersel,
mvanier at GAES.GRIFFIN.PEACHNET.EDU writes:
>>The only heterotrophic higher plant that I am aware of is Indian pipe
>(Monotropa uniflora).

Another in the same group (if recollect correctly) is Sarcodes or
snowplant.  Same MO as indian pipe. 
And another heterotrophic higher plant would be the the genus Cuscuta
(Convolvulaceae), the dodders.

  It has no chlorophyll and can no not photosynthesize.
>Their root systems have mycorrhizal fungi that are also associated with
>other, photosynthesizing plants.  These fungi transfer sugars from the other
>plant to the Indian pipe.  I am not sure, but it is possible that Indian
>pipe also uses decaying organic matter as a food source.
>



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