Indian Ghost Pipe - black spotted
Scarce wouldn't be the description in this area... I've never seen these before today, but in this particular forest they were all over the place. I've also heard that in some years they never really flower - you'll see the mound, but they don't sprout. This must be a good year for them - lots of flowers.
''Monotropa uniflora'', also known as the Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, or Corpse Plant is a herbaceous perennial plant, formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, but now included within the Ericaceae. It is native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. It is generally scarce or rare in occurrence.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic,.. more