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Monotropastrum humile
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Monotropoideae
Genus: Monotropastrum

Monotropastrum is a small genus of myco-heterotrophic plants in the heath family (Ericaceae). As currently circumscribed the group includes two species.[1]


The genus is found locally throughout much of southern and eastern Asia (Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Sikkim, Thailand, and Vietnam).[2]


Based on morphological and molecular analyses, Monotropastrum has been placed in the Ericaceae subfamily Monotropoideae, and the tribe Monotropeae.[3]

List of species[edit]


  1. ^ The Plant List. Monotropastrum. Searched November 2011.
  2. ^ Haining, Q., Wallace, G.D. 2005. Monotropastrum. In Flora of China Vol. 14 (Apiaceae through Ericaceae). Eds. Wu, Z. Y., Raven, P.H., Hong, D.Y. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  3. ^ Kron, K.A., Judd, W.S., Stevens, P.F., Crayn, D.M., Anderberg, A.A., Gadek, P.A., Quinn, C.J., Luteyn, J.L. 2002. Phylogenetic classification of Ericaceae: molecular and morphological evidence. Botanical Review 68: 335-423.

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