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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora


Usually this plant is translucent white, but these had a deep pink hue. Indian Pipe plants have a stem, bract-like scales instead of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem.


Spotted growing on the ground beside rotting wood in a mixed forest.


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.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 9 months ago

Thanks Lisa!

flowntheloop 9 months ago

Beautiful shots, Christine!

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.91, Long: -73.48

Spotted on Oct 11, 2017
Submitted on Oct 12, 2017

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