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Indian pipe

Monotropa uniflora


white stem, leaves and flower with black edges, occurring in twos or in a clump; no chlorophyll


Douglas fir/Sitka spruce forest, near sword fern and Doug. fir, at 92 ft. maybe a mile from the ocean up on the ridge but protected by forest, by the trail.


This saprophyte takes its food energy via fungi from the fir. BC natives called it "wolf piss" because it was said to arise from where a wolf urinated. It was used as a poultice for wounds that would not heal (maybe it would work on hobo spider bites?) This is only the second time I've ever seen this plant; it is very rare in the Pacific Northwest.

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Oregon, USA

Spotted on Aug 18, 2011
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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