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This pretty little Indian pipe plant is one of my favorite late-summer/fall wildflowers to find out in rich forest habitats. Since these plants contain no chlorophyll, they rely on nearby fungi for their fuel source - tapping into a mushroom mycelium and stealing small amounts of food. This particular Indian pipe was almost certainly associating with golden chanterelle mushrooms that themselves are attached to giant bur oak trees in a symbotic relationship. I enjoyed feasting on a few of those golden chanterelles too.



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Ceiling without a star.



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I took a while but after rummaging through my archives I finally found a decent capture of this translucent flower

There's a cool You tube video google " Indian Pipe Mushroom or Flower".

Sher'n' has kindly left the link on her email down below.


A vascular plant commonly called "Indian pipe". The scientific name is "Monotropa uniflora". It does not have chlorophyll and cannot use sunlight to make its own food like most vascular plants do; instead it's saprophytic and lives off of decaying wood much like mushrooms.


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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora

Nice group of Monotropa uniflora, found along the Middle Fork Connector Trail.


Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Nat'l Forest, WA

Monotropa uniflora, found along the west end of the May Creek Trail.


May Creek Park, Newcastle, WA

This remarkable wildflower lacks chlorophyll and gets its food from a fungal mycelium mat, most likely a Russula mushroom. That mushroom's mycelium is tied into the roots of a majestic old oak tree which powers all three partners. This little trio was flowering through a fish's skeleton, likely the leftovers from a bald eagle's lunch once upon a time. Isn't nature neat?

You might be surprised, but this is not a flower – it’s a fungi, monotropa uniflora. One of its common names is Indian pipe. Wikipedia says it is quite rare; I’ve seen it in Ontario forests before several times – but never such a beautiful specimen.


From the “Ontario’s Old Growth Forests” book by Michael Henry and Peter Quinby: Indian pipe, one of the most misunderstood of our forest floor plants, establishes relationship with the forest mycorrhizae promising a share of the energy it captures from the sun in exchange for nutrients. Instead, it never photosynthesize – it simply steals nutrients from the trees and plants around it using fungal threads as conduits.


In case you are wondering, I have done quite a lot of postprocessing - but mostly on the background, trying to preserve the way the actual “flower” looked.

Monotrope uniflore (Indian pipe)

Photographed on a rainy day in Upper Hixon Forest, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

My first sighting this season! I played with my new macro lens and got a bonus bug for my trouble.

Monotropa uniflora


The flower petals have dropped and the blooms are well past their "best use date".


Lacking chlorophyll the flowers are a translucent,ghostly white and often mistaken as a mushroom.

I returned to the Ghost Plants the other day and very carefully, gently bent back one to see the bloom itself...although they look fragile, they are rather rubbery and had enough flex that allowed a quick look without harming it...then it resumed its face down position!

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Indian Pipe is a woodland wildflower sometimes called the ghost flower because of its lack of colour. It does not feed off photosynthesis, but off a particular fungus.Hiking the day after a heavy rain seemed to bring these out in profusion.

Photo taken while hiking in Ontario's Pakasqwa National Park, which is located on the northern or eastern shore (depending on how you look at it) of Lake Superior.

Two indian pipe blossoms coming up in my yard. I've never seen these two before and the wash of sunlight was a terrific bonus!






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Avalanche Creek carves a narrow cleft between the rocks and Western Hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla) on its way to join MacDonald Creek and Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.


The clarity of the water is truly astounding, and would invite a quick dip if it weren't in such a hurry and so cold. The family and I ended up hiking up to Avalanche Lake and up this trail because we were chased out of Logan Pass by a fast-moving and cold summer storm - the temperature at Logan was 40 ˚F, it was raining hard, and the wind was at a brisk 25 mph clip. I was the best dressed of our lot, which wasn't saying much, and I realized my fingers were numb after 10 minutes wandering around the parking lot trying to make a decision. That realization was a decision in itself, as there was no way I was asking my 6 year old to go hiking in these conditions. So it was back down the Going-to-the-Sun road, and beat a hasty retreat to the forest, with all of its ancient, wind buffering trees.


Though I didn't photograph them for some reason, there were numerous Indian Pipe plants growing in dense clusters near here - the plant is remarkable for its translucent appearance and near complete lack of chlorophyll. Here, chlorophyll is apparently abundant, and its products ready for the taking.

Two of many indian pipe flowers growing in one spot in the yard. These are creamy and almost unblemished. The petals and other parts turn black when they are touched - even by the leaves they push through.

Monotropa uniflora. Found along the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail. Stack of 9 images.


Raging River State Forest, WA

Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.

Most woodland wildflowers are done blooming for the year but this delightful Indian pipe plant is still in fine flowering form! Most Indian pipe plants are pure white and give rise to the common name "ghost plant". This particular plant has some pretty pink pigmentation which was probably picked up from minerals in the surrounding soil. Indian pipe is a flowering plant just like a rose but it lacks chlorophyll and relies on help from nearby fungi for its fuel that the roots tap into.

Indian pipe is just beginning to bloom around here. Also known as the ghost flower, the plant produces no chlorophyll and so taps into the mycelium of surrounding Russula mushrooms. I'll bet you really want to see one of those red Russulas since I've mentioned them so often lately. Soon. These plants look waxy and rather cold and clammy, hence yet another local name - corpse flower.

All by themselves in the deep dark forest.


Western Maryland

This fantastic little woodland flower only grows in pristine forest glades where fairies roam. Also known as the ghost flower or ice plant, prehistoric people used it to sooth their nerves and also as a sedative, though they were then said to have wild vivid erotic dreams. Hmm...

Monotropa uniflora

(Monotropa uniflora). Deep East Texas.


An interesting plant that lacks chlorophyll and obtains its nutrients from the mycorrhizal fungi of certain tree roots, a form of parasitism known as mycoheterotrophy.

Indian pipe, monotropa uniflora, looks like a type of fungus, but this strange, uncommon plant is a wildflower, found in similar habitats to fungi; the cool, moist woodland areas. The pendant, bell-shaped flowers have between 3 and 8 petals, and around 10 orange anthers; they grow singly at the tip of short, white, waxy stems which have no true leaves, just small brownish scales at widely-spaced intervals. Flowers are usually pure white but occasionally have a pink or red tint.

Found in Itasca, Minnesota.

Coming soon @ mysterious forest


We say this "Ghost mushroom" or "Silver Dragon plant" in Japanese.


Indian pipe in my yard - irresistible anytime, but backlit by morning sun is perfection.

Indian-pipe is a saprophytic denizen of moist, temperate woodlands. Lacking chlorophyll to harness the power of the sun, this plant obtains its food and nutrients from decaying material in the soil.

The Ghost Plant (Monotropa uniflora) is a species of flowering plant that lacks chlorophyll and the characteristic green color it provides.

The Indian Pipe is a very interesting ephemeral plant. It parasitizes a specific fungi that are symbiotic with the roots of some trees. It does not have any functional leaves and does not contain chlorophyll. This group of Monotropa were found in a forested park in Gainesville, Florida.

Monotropa uniflora

Or Emily Dickinson, who called this oddity “the preferred flower of life.” But then the remarkable Ms. Dickinson is noted for her often unique opinions and perspectives. This is Monotropa uniflora, commonly known as Indian Pipe, Ghost Flower, and most appropriately perhaps, the Corpse Plant. Spectral, no?


I was surprised to find the featured specimen growing in relatively open space near my dock and amidst standard greenery. Thus the complimentary presentation. When I first discovered it, as the other photos in comments suggest, it was emerging from more appropriate inhospitable dark and dank locations making it very difficult (and unpleasant) to photograph.


I, like most, initially thought the clusters to be fungus, a variety of mushroom, but they are one of the few varieties of plant to have no chlorophyll and are parasitic on tree roots and fungus. Surprisingly, the flowers do attract the typical insect pollinators.

Late in the season I came across a large population of this rather uncommon relative of Indian Pipe. I was surprised to see so many fresh, colorful plants since I had recently found another population that was long past flowering. But I'm not complaining!!!

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