Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Indian-Pipe, Monotropa uniflora

Definitely not a colorful resident of the forest floor, Indian Pipe nevertheless has a graceful appearance. It lacks chlorophyll and receives its nutrition via fungi attached to the roots of coniferous trees.

7-22-2012 update:  This year, possibly due to the wet Spring we had, the Indian Pipe  population really exploded.

1 comment:

Owlman said...

Great photo of a "ghostly" plant and indicator of a healthy ecosystem.