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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Ericaceae
Subfamilia: Monotropoideae
Tribus: Monotropeae
Genus: Monotropastrum
Species: M. humile

Monotropastrum Andres, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 12: 697 (1935) et Andres, in Hand.-Mazz., Symb. Sin. 7: 766 (1936), descr. lat.

Type species: Monotropastrum macrocarpum Andres. vide Monotropastrum humile (D.Don) H.Hara

Primary references

Andres, H., 1935. Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahlem 12: 697, nom. inval.
Andres, H., 1936. Symbolae Sinicae, Botanische Ergebnisse der Expedition der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien nach Sudwest-China Pt. 7: 766., descr. lat.

Additional references

Zhao, Q.R., Zhou J., Peng H. & Liu Z.W. 2019. Resurrection of the East Asian genus Eremotropa (Monotropoideae, Ericaceae), based on molecular and morphological data. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 57(1): 75-80. DOI: 10.1111/jse.12429 Paywall Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2020. Monotropastrum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 May 22. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Monotropastrum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 May 22. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Monotropastrum. Published online. Accessed: May 22 2020. 2020. Monotropastrum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 22 May 2020.
Monotropastrum Flora of China. Accessed on 08-Sep.-2013.

Vernacular names
日本語: ギンリョウソウ属

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

1 Distribution
2 Taxonomy
3 List of species
4 References
5 External links


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

Monotropastrum humile (D.Don) H.Hara
Monotropastrum sciaphilum (Andres) G.D. Wallace


The Plant List. Monotropastrum. Searched November 2011.
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.
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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