All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Indian Pipes</strong>
<em>Monotropa uniflora</em> /Heath Family<br>
This strange wildflower is pure white and has no true leaves, thus it does not make food through photosynthesis. It is a saprophyte which breaks down dead plant material such...
Indian Pipes
Monotropa uniflora /Heath Family

This strange wildflower is pure white and has no true leaves, thus it does not make food through photosynthesis. It is a saprophyte which breaks down dead plant material such as fallen leaves. The scientific name means "one turn, one flower." I found these flowers blooming in the Cherokee National Forest in late July.
Perennial
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Pickett SP, Cherokee NF, Warriors' Path SP

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