What is this?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by swankgirl, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. swankgirl

    swankgirl Member

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    We picked these thinking that they were mushrooms. They were growing by themselves out of the ground with no other plants growing nearby. Upon further examination by opening one of the tops, we could see that they are definitely flowers. We are curious what kind though.
    We live in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians.

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Monotropa uniflora. A non-photosynthetic flowering plant.
     
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    Common name here is Indian-pipe. Also a saprophyte. Does saprophyte and non-photosynthetic go together? I'm trying to think of some green saprophytes, but can't come up with any.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Technically, it's a mycoheterotroph (parasitic on fungi), not a saprophyte.
     
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    Interesting.
     
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    WOW, never seen anything like it
     
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    I've seen em here in Michigan with a little red or pink coloring and they're very freaky looking.
    Once, when I picked one or two and looked at them later, they had already decayed. I felt as though I instantly killed them. It was weird how fast it wilted and broke down.
    Gil
     
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    We have similare plants here in Sweden....Monotropa hypopitys grows around in my forest....Jonny
     
  9. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The latter is the one with reddish or yellowish coloring. It grows over here, too.
     

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