Ghosts in the Forest

Here’s the cool plant of the week, a charming ghost of dark places in the forest: Monotropa uniflora — “Indian pipe”, or “Ghost plant”, or “Corpse plant”.

Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

We found clusters of these scattered about the grounds of West Virginia State Wildlife Center (AKA “The French Creek Game Farm”) near French Creek, WV, each cluster shaded by trees and shrubs a little distance from the path. The Wildlife Center houses a small collection of zoological wildlife native to West Virginia, with assorted botanical wildlife on view for the alert along the path.

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