Indian Pipe - Monotropa uniflora
The entire plant is translucent white, but the ones I find in this forest usually have a pink hue and black specks.
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
''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.