I came across a fascinating plant today – Monotropa uniflora – known commonly by various names – ghost plant, ghost pipe, Indian pipe or corpse plant. It typically grows when there is a good deal of rain after a dry spell and so I sometimes see it when I’m foraging for mushrooms. What is remarkable about this plant is that unlike most plants it contains no chlorophyll. It’s a parasitic plant, on host fungi which have a micorrhizal relationship with trees. In other words it gets energy from trees but needs fungi to do so.