Ghost Pipes

Monotropa uniflora

"Monotropa uniflora" is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.
Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, (Monotropa uniflora) Finally, a chance to photograph a beautiful specimen of this very interesting plant. Last year’s stalks are clearly visible behind this year’s. Unfortunately my favourite site where there were numerous plants had been “harvested” with every above ground plant part cut at ground level. Perhaps this article, ,may be the explanation. My only hope is that they return next year. Canada,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,Summer


The stems reach heights of 5–30 centimetres, sheathed with highly reduced leaves 5–10 millimetres long, best identified as scales or bracts. These structures are small, thin, and translucent; they do not have petioles but instead extend in a sheath-like manner out of the stem.

As its scientific name suggests, and unlike the related "Monotropa hypopitys", the stems bear a single flower 10–20 millimetres long, with 3–8 translucent petals, 10–12 stamens and a single pistil.

It flowers from early summer to early autumn, often a few days after rainfall. The fruit, an oval capsule-like structure, enlarges and becomes upright when the seeds mature, at this point stem and capsule looking desiccated and dark brown or black.


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SpeciesM. uniflora