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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora

Notes:

Later summer flowers are occasionally pink tinted.

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12 Comments

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

wow cool1!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

This is probably the most beautiful image of Indian Pipe I've ever seen! I have my own spottings of this unique plant, but they were pink. I guess they were the 2nd flowering. :-)

KimLomman
KimLomman 9 years ago

I've never heard of a fungus called Indian Pipe. I believe you may be thinking about the same thing. Indian Pipe are parasitic on fungi. So this plant lives off the fungi which live off trees.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Sorry, we have Indian Pipe fungus here in Pennsylvania. Not paying attention.

KimLomman
KimLomman 9 years ago

This isn't a fungus Carol Snow Milne. It is a true plant. It has a symbiotic relationship with certain fungi though.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Difficult to believe it is fungus. Such a beautiful "flower". Congrats on the feature in the recent blog.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congratulations, Scott! Your interesting Indian Pipe was featured in my Project Noah blog post, "It's Life - unique abilities for unique organisms" today!
http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4414706...

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 11 years ago

These plants often flower twice, once in early summer and then again later in the year. The later flowers are occasionally pale pink. Maybe I'll step outside and see if I can find some to add to this spotting...

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

I could not imagine is related to blueberries!

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Nice!

"Its beauty is heart capturing!"

Edith
Edith 11 years ago

Fun Fact: Non-photosynthetic the Indian pipe, is also called corpse plant. But it's really a flowering plant-- in the blueberry family!

ScottRasmussen
Spotted by
ScottRasmussen

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jun 28, 2011
Submitted on Jun 28, 2011

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