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Plant Details

Monotropa uniflora

Indian Pipe, One-flowered Indian-pipe

Scientific Name:

Monotropa uniflora

Common Name:

Indian Pipe, One-flowered Indian-pipe

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Perennial

Size in Feet:

.75

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

June - July - August - September - October

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

“A wide variety of forests; common.” Weakley 2015

Notes:

"These plants were once believed to absorb all nutrients from decayed organic material, but it is now known that they are associated with a fungus, which obtains nutrients directly from the roots of green plants. Indian Pipe, therefore, is more of a parasite, with the fungus as a bridge between it and its host. The plant turns black as the fruit ripens or when it is picked and dried." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Coming Up!

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Black Mountain, June 2004
© MB Baumeister

Blooming

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Black Mountain, June 2004
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

They are beginning to turn black.

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Black Mountain, June 2004
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

Sporting their colors

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©Vicki Corporon
Raleigh, NC

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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