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Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora Usually this plant is translucent white, but sometimes I find pinkish ones. Indian Pipe plants have a stem, bract-like scales instead of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem. <br />
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While Indian Pipe is a flowering plant, it is unusual because it isn&#039;t green. Unlike most plants, Indian Pipe is white and doesn&#039;t contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic - more specifically it&#039;s a myco-heterotroph. Myco-heterotrophs get their food by parasitizing fungi. They do this by linking their roots with the mycelia of a fungus from which the plant will then get its nutrients.<br />
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Habitat: Deciduous forest; there was lots of it popping up :) Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,Summer,United States,indian pipe,monotropa Click/tap to enlarge

Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora

Usually this plant is translucent white, but sometimes I find pinkish ones. Indian Pipe plants have a stem, bract-like scales instead of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem.

While Indian Pipe is a flowering plant, it is unusual because it isn't green. Unlike most plants, Indian Pipe is white and doesn't contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic - more specifically it's a myco-heterotroph. Myco-heterotrophs get their food by parasitizing fungi. They do this by linking their roots with the mycelia of a fungus from which the plant will then get its nutrients.

Habitat: Deciduous forest; there was lots of it popping up :)

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''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

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jul 2, 2019. Captured Jul 2, 2019 10:33 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/128s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm