Learn about This White, Unusual Woodland Plant – Indian Pipe Plants
Walking in the New Hampshire forests, I spotted an odd-looking plant, Later I learned this white, fleshy looking plant was called Indian Pipes. It grows in shady areas where there is lots of leaf mold. It’s a strange, sort of ghostly plant that pushes up through the leaf cover in clumps of bleached white stems. There isn’t really anything that looks like a flower on it. It isn’t green like most plants or brown like shrubs and trees. It doesn’t have the shape of a mushroom or algae.
What is it? Read on down the page to uncover the mysterious details of the Monotropa uniflora also called the Indian Pipes.
Other Names for INDIAN PIPE plants
The official name is Monotropa uniflora.
It is also called
Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, Bird’s Nest, or Corpse Plant
From my photos, you’ll see how the other names like ghost plant and corpse plant were attached to this unique plant. The plant is about 6 to 8 inches tall. It isn’t green like most plants and is actually a wildflower. It’s white.
Bees and flies like the pollen in this plant. It grows in wooded areas and particularly around white pine and hemlocks. The litter on the forest floor creates the right environment for the Indian pipe to grow.
Watch the video to learn the medicinal uses for the plant. There’s another video about the flower with an explanation of how the Indian pipe draws its nutrients from the fungus underground.
Have You Seen the Indian Pipe Plant?