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I was hoping that you would be able to assist with identifying this flower.

beautiful white flower with a purple stem
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017  |  0 Views
 
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Hi Ephraim - this is a woodland plant called Indian pipe or ghost plant (Monotropa uniflora), which is a member of the blueberry family. The plant - called ghost plant because it is white due to its lack of chlorophyll - gets it nutrients through its roots, which contain fungi that extend in a web-like way through litter on the floor of the forst and connect up to the roots of conifers. The conifers provide sugar, which the fungi carry to the plant. Here is some additional information about these fascinating plants:

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/oct2002.html

http://botany.org/Parasitic_Plants/Monotropa_uniflora.php

http://www.mlbs.virginia.edu/organism/monotropa_uniflora

Best, Beth Hanson

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