On Sarcodes sanguinea, Torr

1890 Annals of Botany  
With Plates XVII, XVHI, XIX, XX, XXI. T HE family of the Monotropeae presents many problems to the botanist, not only on account of the remarkable habit of growth and mode of nutrition of its members, but also in view of its curious distribution and affinities. Any addition to our knowledge of such a group will be, then, not without value, even if it serve only as a contribution to a biological and systematic monograph of the whole order by some future worker. Of the eight genera ] of the order
more » ... all, with the exception of Monotropa and Cheilotheca, are limited in their distribution to North America ; Monotropa being spread widely throughout the whole north temperate zone, and Cheilotheca being found only in the Himalaya. With the exception of Monotropa, little is known of these forms beyond the bare descriptions, which are often imperfect. Nor, on account of their peculiar mode of growth, has it been possible, so far, to cultivate these plants successfully in our botanic gardens. In view of this general obscurity in which so many of the genera remain, it has long been desirable that an investigation should be made into the general morphology and mode of life of such of them as should be available.
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