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The Ghost Plant

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… Read More

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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora is commonly called Indian Pipe. It’s one of the most unusual plants in the forest because it contains no chlorophyll. Instead it derives nutrients from fungi that in turn derive nutrients from trees – it’s a fascinating 3-way relationship. There was plenty of… Read More

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Indian Pipe

I’ve started to see Indian Pipe in the forest. This strange plant, also known as the Ghost Plant of the Corpse Plant, has no chlorophyll, the special sauce that makes plants green. These plants have a specific relationship with trees and fungus. Unlike plants with… Read More