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Indian Pipes

Monotropa uniflora

Habitat:

shady pine woods

Notes:

came up right after a heavy rain

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gehbon
gehbon 9 years ago
I thought these were mushrooms of some sort?
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auntieanna
auntieanna 9 years ago

No, they aren't mushrooms, but they don't photosynthesize like most plants. Here's what Wikipedia says about that: "Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult."

AngelChandler
AngelChandler 9 years ago

I always think it a special treat when I notice these on my woody trails! One of the coolest plants.

auntieanna
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auntieanna

Tomahawk, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 15, 2012

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