Once thought to be a fungus or a saprophyte, Indian Pipes (also known as Ghost Flowers or Corpse Plants) are actually flowering plants who get their nutrition needs met through a relationship quite common in the plant world…a fungus that provides sugars obtained from other plants. Symbiotic relationships between roots and mycorrhizae are part of the ecology of plants, fungi and soil. Some of the largest organisms in the world are the webs of mycelia that fungi form beneath the soil. Fungi are your friend…and Indian Pipes’ friend as well.
They were a little late getting started this year, but once they got going they are now everywhere…especially in our yard.
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