During a walk on a misty day I spotted something glowing off the side of the trail, upon closer inspection I realized it was the mysterious Indian Pipe or Ghost Plant. It is a herbaceous perennial that contains no chlorophyll. Instead of generating food using the energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, and more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its food from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest.
August 11th, 2023
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