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Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipe)

Monotropa unifloraMonotropa uniflora is a strange and interesting plant that some of you may have come across in your mushroom hunting adventures.

So, you’re probably asking what a plant is doing on a mushroom site? Well, what makes Monotropa uniflora so interesting is that this plant does not get its energy from the sun … instead; it’s a parasite that hosts on certain fungus. The fungus that this plant feeds off of lives in a symbiotic relationship with other plants.

Basically, the Monotropa uniflora takes a really long about way to gaining its energy from other plants, instead of producing its own.

You can see more pictures in the Monotropa uniflora gallery.