The Indian Pipe is a very interesting plant. I had originally thought of it as a fungus but later found that it is actually a plant, a member of the Wintergreen Family. It does, however obtain nutrients in a parasitic fashion, from the roots of green plants, using fungus as a bridge. It is a waxy, white plant with blackens with age. The clustered stems are bent at the top with the 3/4" flower head, hanging at the end of each stem. The leaves are actually scales, pressed tightly against the stem. So – I’m calling this one – A Wildflower.
June – August – Northwestern California to Alaska
and areas of the East Coast of the US.
Photo – Bradley Palmer State Park, Massachusetts
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