Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Monotropa uniflora
    Indian pipe

This non-photosynthesizing ("saprophytic") flower is rarely seen in the sand savannas, probably partly because the areas it would grow are normally mosquito infested and unpleasant in late summer when it blooms.

Monotropa uniflora

 

    Links


Ghosts of the Summer Woods a chapter of Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles, which includes a poem about this odd plant.

Monotropa uniflora on the Connecticut Wildflower Society web site.

Monotropa uniflora on University of Toronto Botany 307D web site.

 

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