Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Mannia fragrans (Balb.) Frye & L. Clark

Family: Aytoniaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Mannia fragrans consists of small thalli in spreading thick mats. The ventral purple scales have hyaline acuminate appendages. The spores are yellow brown. Both of these characteistics differentiate M. fragrans from M. californica. Although it is called "fragrans" the odor is not always present. Mannia fragrans is found in middle elevation Ponderosa Pine forest along seasonal drainages.
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Mannia fragrans (3x macro), photo Karen Blisard & Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, west of Hwy 15 north of Pinos Altos, March 21, 2012



Mannia fragrans, 3x macro of hyaline scale appendages, photo Karen Blisard & Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, west of Hwy 15 north of Pinos Altos, March 21, 2012



Mannia fragrans, 100x photomicrograph of hyaline scale appendages, photo Karen Blisard & Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, west of Hwy 15 north of Pinos Altos, March 21, 2012


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