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Ghost Pipes

Monotropa uniflora


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.

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Sevierville, Tennessee, United States

Spotted on Jun 5, 2021
Submitted on Sep 27, 2021

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