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  1. Pterospora

    Pterospora, commonly known as pinedrops, Albany beechdrops, or giant bird's nest is a monotypic genus in the subfamily Monotropoidiae of the blueberry family, the Ericaceae, and includes only the species Pterospora andromedea. It grows in coniferous or mixed forests. It is native to North America from southern Canada to the mountains of Mexico and is most commonly found in the western half of the continent, though small isolated populations are found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Along with Monotropa it is one of the more frequently encountered members of the Monotropoidiae. The genus name is derived from the morphology of the seeds which have narrow flaps of tissue on the side and therefore appear winged: ptero = winged, spora = seed. The specific name andromedea derives from the resemblance of the flowers to those of another genus in the Ericaceae, Andromeda. The visible portion of Pterospora andromedea is a fleshy, unbranched, reddish to yellowish flower spike 30-100 cm in height, though it has been reported to occasionally attain a height of 2 meters. The above-ground stalks are usually found in small clusters between June and August. The inflorescences are hairy and noticeably sticky to the touch. This is caused by the presence of hairs which exude a sticky substance. The inflorescences are covered by scale-like structures known as bracts. The upper portion of the inflorescence has a series of yellowish, urn-shaped flowers that face downward. The fruit is a capsule.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterospora in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterospora in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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