The biology of myco-heterotrophic ('saprophytic') plants.

@article{Leake1994TheBO,
  title={The biology of myco-heterotrophic ('saprophytic') plants.},
  author={Jonathan R. Leake},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={1994},
  volume={127 2},
  pages={
          171-216
        }
}
  • J. Leake
  • Published 1 June 1994
  • Environmental Science
  • The New phytologist
More than 400 species of vascular plants, in 87 genera, are acholophyllous and heterotrophic, but not directly parasitic upon autotrophs. They are usually, but incorrectly, described as 'saprophytes'since they are in fact nourished by means of specialized mycorrhizal associations. Although distributed world-wide, they are most abundant and show the greatest species-richness in the Neotropics and Palaeotropical regions. Their aerial parts range in size from a few centimetres to extensive liane… 

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