10.28.2013 Corpse Plant

OK, so not all that scary.  The lack of chlorophyll does give these a somewhat corpsey feel.  They are also called Indian Pipes and are better known for that name. They are dependent on fungi for their nourishment.  Cut and dried…no story today. 🙂Corpseflower-073004-800WebThis is an old image from 2004 that I just about tossed before giving it a go in black and white.  It works much better this way, I think.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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8 Responses to 10.28.2013 Corpse Plant

  1. Phil Lanoue says:

    Well they do look a little spooky Steve. 😯 🙂

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  2. No spooky but this plant is quite different from just a “regular” wild flower. Nice B&W effect. I’m glad you did not add it to the trash heap.:-)

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  3. That’s a coincidence: someone posted a picture of this species just the other day, and I looked it up to see where in Texas I might find one. Unfortunately for me, only a few counties by the Louisiana border have it.

    In the process of searching, I learned the following from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center about Monotropa uniflora:

    “These plants were once believed to absorb all nutrients from decayed organic material, but it is now known that they are associated with a fungus, which obtains nutrients directly from the roots of green plants. Indian Pipe, therefore, is more of a parasite, with the fungus as a bridge between it and its host. The plant turns black as the fruit ripens or when it is picked and dried.”

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    • They also can turn pink as well. These were growing in my backyard wooded area and as they mature they stand up more erect, turn a little pinkish then black and their fruiting body faces upward to send its seed aflying.

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  4. Just Rod says:

    Corpse plant – quite a name! The latin sounds far nicer. Very nice study in monochrome.

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