08.17.2018 Monotropa uniflora

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.

My apologies…these do not appear to be clickable.  I am not sure why.

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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17 Responses to 08.17.2018 Monotropa uniflora

  1. They always strike me as one of the strangest plants in this part of the world.

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  2. I’m visiting the northeast and just came across some. I always thought they were fungi. Thanks for the information.

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  3. It’s easy to see why people took them for fungi, given that they look so much like certain kinds of fungi. There are plenty of insects that look like bees and presumably derive protection from would-be predators that have learned not to mess with bees. I wonder if Indian pipes’ resemblance to fungi keeps certain animals from eating them.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    How delicate, and definitely ghostly. Do they shimmer in moonlight?

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  5. Sure is an interesting little plant and you don’t have to go far if they are growing in your yard. I find the plant fascinating and unlike any thing that I have seen growing in nature. The last pic is lovely.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    One of the best presentations I’ve heard at our Native Plant Society of Texas chapter meetings was one done by John Ferguson, a soil specialist in our area. The owner of Nature’s Way Resources, he talked not only about compost and mulches generally, but about soil amendment: how to turn “dead dirt” into rich, healthy soil. Needless to say, the mycorrhizae, root systems, various critters like earthworms, and other bacteria all got some attention — with slides and photos and humor to make it all palatable and understandable.

    This recommended article from The Atlantic was a great read, especially for someone like me who knew almost nothing about all this. It certainly all helps to understand — and appreciate — the Indian pipes.

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    • Thanks for the link. Regarding much of what happens on Earth, humans can be unaware of what goes on around us. I have a neighbor who loves his lawn. Anything in the soil that isn’t his preferred blade of grass is treated away. Consequently, I have far fewer insects in my yard which is a sad situation. It is my hope that some day the pursuit of agriculture won’t be so industrialized and the term “grass roots’ will be a positive one rather than the source of chemical runoffs and endangered microscopic life.

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  7. Andrew says:

    I don’t think we have anything like this in HK. Very strange looking things. How long do they last Steve?

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