Monday, August 08, 2005

Update! Indian Pipes!

Indian-Pipe is in the Wintergreen Family and the scientific name is Monotropa uniflora. These translucent, waxy pipes are unique. The nodding flower is white or pink, and turns blackish later. Leaves are scale-like, grows to 4-10 inches. Grows in shady woods from June-Sept. Peterson lists it under Small Fleshy Plants; Specialized Habits under white flowers in the Wildflowers of Northeastern/NorthCentral North America. It is parasitic and saprophytic and has no green color. These plants feed on roots or decaying material in the soil. Quite beautiful, don't you think? Posted by Picasa


jen said...

I think they are alien babies!

Anonymous said...

It appears to be a common indian pipe!