* Plant translucent, waxy, pipe-like.
* Flower nodding, white or pink, turning blackish with age.
* Leaves scale-like.
* Height: 4-10".
* Visible June - September.
* Habitat: Shady woods, in soil rich with decaying vegetation.
* Range: Northeastern United States.
* Monotropa uniflora means "one flower with one turn" in Latin,
referring to the hanging flower. The Indian pipe has also been called
Ice-Plant, Ghost-Plant, and Corpse-Plant. Not very pleasant!
* Indian pipes are flowering plants, but they contain no chlorophyll.
Without chlorophyll, they don't have to depend on sunlight to
grow, and therefore thrive in shady areas.
* Well, you may ask, how are these marvelous plants nourished
without chlorophyll? Indian pipes are saprophytic, which means
they have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, which break down
organic matter around the plant's root and provide a constant
supply of nutrients.