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Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora The entire plant is translucent white, sometimes with a pale pink hue, and it often has black flecks. Indian Pipe has bract-like scales instead of leaves, with a single flower at the end of the stem. Upon emerging from the ground, the flower is pendant. As it matures, the flower becomes erect and in line with 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 Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Indian Pipe,Monotropa uniflora,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora

The entire plant is translucent white, sometimes with a pale pink hue, and it often has black flecks. Indian Pipe has bract-like scales instead of leaves, with a single flower at the end of the stem. Upon emerging from the ground, the flower is pendant. As it matures, the flower becomes erect and in line with 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

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  1. From the description it makes you wonder why they call it a plant at all :) Posted 3 months ago
    1. Exactly! Despite having vascular tissue and flowers, it is unlike other plants. It's one of the rebels in its kingdom. Posted 3 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 Christine Young
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Uploaded Nov 18, 2019. Captured Jul 27, 2019 07:54 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm