BCP/Monotropa uniflora


Monotropa uniflora

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Profile for Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipe)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit:Herbaceous forb
Flowers:Single white flower, 10-15 mm long with 3-8 petals.
Foliage:White scales close to the stem, 5-10 mm long
Stem:White, 10-30 cm.
Growing Conditions:Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Similar Plants:Orobanche uniflora
General information:Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees.

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Global data:
Temperate zone season(s): Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

Regional data:
New Hampshire: (native) June, July, August, September

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This page is a profile for the plant species Monotropa uniflora, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.