Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

The ghost plant (also known as Indian Pipe)

Monotropa uniflora


A flowering plant in the blueberry family, it looks like a Mushroom!This is one of about 3000 species of non-photosynthetic (i.e. heterotrophic) flowering plants. Monotropa uniflora can actually grow in dark environments because it is not dependent on light for photosynthesis


The Dark Forest


Native Americans used its stem juices in the preparation of a treatment for sore or inflamed eyes as a topical application for warts and bunions, and for general aches and pains. The early colonists adopted these practices and extended them to the use of the powdered root in the treatment of a variety of ailments, notably Saint Vitus' Dance or chorea, a nervous condition characterized by irregular, jerking movements. The common names 'Fit Root' and 'Convulsion Root' are vestiges of this practice. Physicians at one time administered a tonic that was used as a general sedative for any nervous or restless condition.

No species ID suggestions

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.66, Long: -82.11

Spotted on Nov 9, 2011
Submitted on Nov 9, 2011

Related spottings

Ghost Plant Monotropa uniflora Indian Pipe Indian Pipe

Nearby spottings

Unknown spotting Water-primrose Gulf fritillary Clouded Sulphur