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Monotropa uniflora These stems of ghost plant were 20 to 25 mm in height.  Ericaceae,Ericales,Flora,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Indian Pipe,Monotropa uniflora,Parasitic plant,Summer,United States,macro,pennsylvania Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Love me some parasitic plants <3 So gorgeous! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks Lisa. Amazing little plants. Posted 5 months ago
  2. the Montropa and all its subfamily Monotropaceae are myco-parasites: parasitic on fungi mycelium!
    they are really interesting plants.
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. I remember well my fascination at first being shown and educated about these plants a few years ago and the fascination continues to this day. They sort of go against the very first, basic thing one learns about plants/botany ie. that they absorb the sun's energy and through chlorophyll produce their sugars. (Now I know of course this is a sweeping statement about plants, given the vast variety). Posted 5 months ago
  3. Apart from the species being special, you also did a great job highlighting their ghostly appearance, with the subtle lighting. Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks so much Ferdy, it's wonderful to me that that was noticed - you really 'get me' photographically! Posted 5 months ago
      1. I totally get you. I know it's a "Ruth" from the thumbnail. Posted 5 months ago

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''Monotropa uniflora'' is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Dec 29, 2020. Captured Jun 29, 2014 10:03 in 440 Mingo Creek Rd, Finleyville, PA 15332, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO100
  • 45mm