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A Ghost Plant Bouquet! The flowers have obtained their upright position. To me an impressive display. Canada,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A Ghost Plant Bouquet!

The flowers have obtained their upright position. To me an impressive display.

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  1. Strange but wonderful! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Barry, yes, they are strange. Fortunate enough to spend the time looking as to see more stages of their growth. Gary Posted 7 months ago
  2. wonderful! this plant is part of the Monotropoideae subfamily in the Ericaceae family, and the interesting fact about this subfamily is that all the plants in it are myco-parasites - this means that they are parasites on fungi, and not on roots of plants.
    I have a picture of another member of the same subfamily - Sarcodes sanguinea:
    Sarcodes sanguinea - Snowplant  California,Geotagged,Sarcodes sanguinea,Snow Plant,Snowplant,Spring,United States
    Posted 7 months ago
    1. That is interesting. It resembles the Vancouver Groundcone (Boschniakia hookeri) which collects its nutrients directly from the host plant’s roots. In this case Salal.
      Vancouver Groundcone or Poque An impressive showing for a parasitic plant! Boschniakia hookeri,Canada,Geotagged,Spring

      Another plant close to me that is in the Heath family and gets its nutrients from fungi is the Nome Plant
      Gnome Plant This specimen was right beside the road and close to eye level. The pink colour stood out from the dark background. A lucky find! Canada,Geotagged,Gnome plant,Hemitomes congestum,Summer

      All of it very interesting!
      Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago

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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 gary fast
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Uploaded Jul 23, 2019. Captured Jul 22, 2019 15:26 in Hanks Beach, hanks beach cortes island, Canada.
  • DSC-HX80
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO500
  • 23.11mm