ive never seen anything like this before ?
By Lessa on
7/27/2010 3:38:09 PM
That is commonly called Indian Pipe. It is a fungus (no chlorophyll, hence the white colour), but I don't know the scientific name.
By brendan kelly on
7/27/2010 10:36:01 PM
is it native to here ?
and is it common becuase ive NEVER ssen anything like this
By Faye on
8/19/2010 10:37:57 AM
Indian Pipe is a true flowering plant (not a fungus) -with the scientific name Monotropa unifora -and is common in NL forests now. It lacks chlorophyll (the green in plants) and so can't make its own sugars. Underground, its roots are associated with the thread-like cells of a fungus which can cover quite a large area. That fungus is also associated with the roots of our conifers and - this is the kicker - sugars are passed from the green tree through the fungal threads into the Indian Pipe! (The fungal threads produce fruiting bodies that we see as mushrooms - likely Russula spp)
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