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KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyMonotropaceaeMonotropa family, which lack chlorophyll and get nutrition from parasitizing fungi
GenusMonotropaFrom Greek monos, “one,” and tropos, “direction,” since flowers always turn to the same side or, according to another source, referring to the sharp curve in the stem

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Monotropa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 19 Jun 2014.

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Monotropa

(Monotropa) · 9/17/2012 · Blood Dragon Ravine, Jeff Smith Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 7" (14 × 18 cm) Species not yet identified