Date Posted: Dec 02, 2016
Also known as ghost plant, indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora) is an odd and interesting wildflower as it contains no chlorophyll. It begins its life as a white, translucent plant, turning pinkish and developing blackish-purple flecks as it matures (pictured right).
It is often mistaken for a fungus because of its growth habit and lack of color, but it is actually a myco-heterotrophic species, which means it gets its food by parasitizing underground fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees.
Even more interesting is that indianpipe is in the Ericaceae family -- the same family as blueberries and azaleas!
Learn more about this otherworldly herb on our blog.
Photo by David Nolan.
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