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.
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Pickett SP, Cherokee NF, Warriors' Path SP