Indian Pipes
White – Ghost Plant contains no chloryphyll

Indian pipes (Monotropa uniflora) is a chlorophyll free plant. When I was growing up, I was told that Indian Pipes were fungus, very odd mushrooms. Now I come to find out, they are plants, VERY ODD PLANTS! A very interesting and cool plant.

It flowers from early summer to early autumn. Since it is a parasitic plant, it is impossible to transplant. It is very delicate and easily broken.

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Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month

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Photo taken in early September in Macon County, North Carolina, USA where the sun hardly ever reaches the ground in the deep, dark forest. I could hardly believe my eyes when this group of Indian Pipes that I had been trying for days to photograph were suddenly bathed in sunlight as the day was nearing its end. … Oh, what a moment!

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Indian Pipes In The Forest has been featured in:

  • Wildflowers of the World
  • IMAGE OF THE DAY in ARTISTS UNIVERSE
  • Blue Ridge Mountains & Southern USA
  • WINNER in ARTIST’S UNIVERSE – Forest Close-up Challenge

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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Indian Pipes in sunlight

    Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here to watch the Indian Pipes soaking up the sun. ;)

  • Margot Ardourel
    Margot Ardourelover 3 years ago

    How lovely Jean!

  • Thank you very much, Margot! Hope this finds you having a good day.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and very interesting written description…this one’s definitely on my list of wildflowers to see in the wild!!

  • Blair, Even though they are white or almost white, they somehow camouflage themselves in the leaves. They can be easy to overlook. You’ve got a long window of opportunity to discover them, beginning in early Summer and all the way through Summer. Good Luck!!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Thank you! It is so nice to be a part of Nature’s Paintbrush.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    great capture of them my friend, for years I also thought they were a fungus, awesome of you to include a link ,, that folks can read up about them,, I love it when people share knowledge,, peace and love linmarie

  • I get excited when I see others interested in this fascinating and strange plant that we used to think was a very odd mushroom. It is a favorite of mine. Thank you for the nice comments!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 3 years ago

    Wonder how they would go with bagpipes. Fascinating!

  • Sounds like a wonderful recipe. ;)

    Yeah, just kidding!

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed seeing them.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

  • Thrilled to be featured in Wildflowers of the World !! Thank you so much!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesover 3 years ago

    I have seen these (but pink), in the higher elevations here in Nevada – thank you for the ID – and your lovely presentation!

  • You are quite welcome and thank you for the lovely compliment. I am so glad that you enjoyed getting the ID!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago


    May 14th, 2011
    ?For Limited Time the Image it’s Placed on the Group’s HomePage
    Mary

  • Wow! Thank you so very much, Mary! I really appreciate this!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 3 years ago

    What a stunning and incredible plant! I have never heard of ANYthing like this! MOst remarkable! And a fantastic capture of it too! This is truly a fantastic feature! LOVE it!~

  • These are usually about or less than ankle high and even though they are white or grey or pinkish, they somehow blend in the forest floor and are camouflaged, not always easily spotted. I had my eyes on these in the woods behind my house and once I found them, I kept going back each day hoping for the sunlight to get in. Some days were cloudy and some days had sun. On the brightest day with sun straight overhead, the sunlight still wouldn’t do. Finally the sun sneaked in toward the end of the day and I could hardly believe my luck as I already was there with my camera aimed. What luck, eh?

    – Jean Gregory Evans

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