Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) is a strange looking plant in the heath/heather family. It contains no chlorophyll and so it cannot produce its own food like most green plants. It is a parasite of conifer trees and attaches to mycorrhizae fungi. Mycorrhizae fungi form a mutualisitic relationship with many, if not most, plants and help them absorb water and nutrients from the soil while receiving some of the plant’s sugars. All parts of the plant are white, which gives rise to its other name Ghost Flower.

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