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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora


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.

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doreen.chambers.14 10 years ago

It is too bad most people never get the chance to see these. I would rather be looking at wildlife any day than seeing cement sidewalks.

birdlady6000 10 years ago

I love these too! Or maybe it is the experience of finding them that I love!

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2013

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