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Posted on 07/01/2014


Photo taken on July  1, 2014


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An Indian pipe plant

An Indian pipe plant
This is a rare and unusual organism -- a non-fungus plant that doesn't use chlorophyll for its nourishment. Instead, this herbaceous plant lives as a parasite on certain fungi which in turn live on the rotting remains of certain trees. They grow up to about eight inches tall. And that is indeed a flower. Its scientific name is Monotropa uniflora.

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Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
Nice shot of this unusual plant. I find them in the woods here occasionally, but it's hard to predict where I'll come across a patch of them. Always fun when I do.
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Many thanks for the info. Amazing bit of biology new to me - you learn something every day.
3 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Very good photographic work!
Seen and admired in: www.ipernity.com/group/closeupandmacro/doc
3 years ago.