Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

This has got to be my favorite wildflower, the flower is called Indian Pipe, the scientific name for this flower is Monotropa uniflora. Some people may think it is a mushroom or fungus because it is completely white. It’s not a mushroom but it does behave somewhat like a muchroom. It needs special soil conditions to grow and it gets it’s nutrients from tree roots or other fungus in the ground. Indian Pipe is white because it contains no chlorophyll, the stuff that makes plants green.

This photo is interesting because there’s a tiny spider that showed up in the picture that I didn’t notice until I had the photo on my computer. It gives it a little extra character.

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