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White, bell-like plants without chlorophyll. This plant is technically a mycoheterotroph. Mycoheterotrophy is a symbiotic relationship between certain kinds of plants and fungi, in which the plant gets all or part of its food from parasitism upon fungi rather than from photosynthesis. A myco-heterotroph is the parasitic plant partner in this relationship.
Found in decaying leaves in the cool forest on top of a small mountain in East Tennessee.
Also known as ghost plant or Indian pipes.
Spotted on Jun 5, 2021
Submitted on Sep 27, 2021
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