Union Furnace Nature Preserve

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Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

This is a native saprophyte that lives off fungi on tree roots. It is white because it does not have chlorophyll, and therefore cannot produce its own food. It looks like an upside-down pipe until it stands upright to produce seeds, as in this picture.

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