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Wintergreen family. The Indian Pipe or Corpse-plant is a parasitic plant which is usually waxy white but turns black as the fruit ripens. Calyxt of 2-4 bracts, 2-5 scaley petals swollen at the base, 8 - 10 stamens. A single ordorless flower hangs with its tip towards the ground.
Rich and shady woods.
Each year when I discover my first Indian Pipe in the forest I always mistakenly think this Indian Pipe to be a mushroom, but it is actually a wildflower.
Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2013