Nature Notes

September 8, 2009

A Saprophytic flower:Indian Pipe

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Indian Pipe, Monotropa uniflora

Indian Pipe, Monotropa uniflora

A walk through our nearby Carolinian forest produces the sight of a waxy translucent flower growing through the dead leaves. It is called Indian Pipe, Monotropa uniflora, and it is a saprophytic plant, that is one that lives on dead organic matter. More correctly, it is parasitic on some types of fungi and its white color (rarely reddish) is a sign of its lack of chlorophyll.

Its flower is also unusual looking as you can see below.



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