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Monotropa uniflora
Indian Pipe

Indian PipeThis is an unusual, waxy, translucent, white plant devoid of all chlorophyll with leaves that are basically scales. It is not a mushroom, but a flowering plant, albeit an unusual one. Because it lacks chlorophyll it must get its nourishment from a fungal relationship with roots.

Because of the way it gets nourishment, it lives in deciduous woods and bogs throughout North America. It grows to a height of three to nine inches and blooms from June through September.

Top two photos by Ed Utz

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe