I posted another picture of Indian Pipe recently. Then, on an evening walk with Inge, I found this stand. I haven't seen these in years, and now I've found two. Of course, I photographed them ("Let no Indian Pipe go unphotographed").
These are in full flower. This is as showy and dramatic as these little, understated plants ever get.
Indian Pipes do not have any chlorophyll and are incapable of photosynthesis. Instead, they live on fungi that derive their energy from trees. Because they doesn't rely on light, they can grow in very dark places, like the understory of forests.
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