Submitted by: Jon B., MG since 1996
Hi: I don’t recognize this image.Can you please tell me what the white is?So interesting.Thanks,Lynn Aber
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From Jon: This is Indian Pipe, Ghost Flower, Ghost Plant. Monotropa uniflora. When first seen, Indian Pipe seems more like a mushroom or other fungus than like a true flowering plant due to the color – or lack of color. However, it has a stem, bract-like scales in place of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem. The single flower gives it the species epithet – uniflora – Indian Pipe has roots through which it gathers its nourishment. The plant lacks chlorophyll but instead gets its nutrients through a mutually beneficial relationship with a fungus in the soil where it grows or is considered . parasitic on a fungus that is in a “mycorrhizal” relationship with a tree.
Jon B.’s photos never cease to amaze. With Lynn, I am wondering what these are, emerging from earth — they look almost like marble. It’s a beautiful image. Thank you!
Indian Pipe, Ghost flower, Ghost plant. Jon provide an indepth explanation in the above comment. Always an interesting journey with Jon’s plant finds. 🙂
Thank you! Indeed an interesting journey!
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