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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:

Voyria (Ghostplant)

Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Asteridae
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Number of Species: At least 3
Root: ??

The genus Voyria consists of tropical species found in the Americas as well as Africa. All species in this genus are saprophytic, meaning that they extract nutrients from decaying organic material. They are also achlorophyllous (without chrlorophyll), and are thus lacking typical green coloration in their stems and leaves.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Voyria species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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