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Scape slender, bracted; plants glabrous throughout. Sepals 5, oblong to linear. Corolla gamopetalous, oblong-campanulate, persistent, 5-saccate at the base, 5-lobed, the lobes not reflexed. Stamens 10, included; filaments subulate, glabrous; anthers horizontal in the bud, introrse, the sacs confluent, opening by large terminal pores, awnless. Disk 10-crenate. Ovary globose, 5-celled; style short, thick; stigma discoid, 5-angled. Capsule ovoid, 5-celled. Seeds very numerous. [Greek, resembling Monotropa.]
Three species, natives of southeastern North America, the following typical.
Monotropsis odorata Ell. Bot. S. C. & Ga. 1: 479. 1817.
Schzveinitzia caroliniana Don, Gen. Syst. 3: 867.
1834. Schweinitzia odorata DC. Prodr. 7: 780. 1839.
Plant light purplish brown; scapes usually several in a cluster, 2'-4' high. Bracts numerous, ovate-oblong, obtuse, appressed, 2 "-4" long; flowers few (usual y 6-8), pink cr white, spicate fragrant, 2-bracteolate at the base, spreading or erect, the spike at first recurved, becoming erect, 1'-2' long; sepals mostly oblong-lanceolate, acute, about as long as the corolla and the bractlets.