Moneses


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Moneses

 

a genus of semisaprophytic and saprophytic plants of the family Pyrolaceae. There is one species, M. uniflora, a perennial grass measuring up to 15 cm high. The plant has a creeping rootstock. The opposite, rounded leaves are close to the base of the stem. The flowers are solitary, large, and white, and the fruit is a capsule.

M. uniflora is found in the temperate and cold zones of the northern hemisphere. In the USSR it is encountered primarily in the taiga zone. The plant grows in mossy coniferous forests (mainly fir) and, less frequently, in mixed forests. It is typically found with fir trees.