Indian pipes

Indian Pipes, Ghost Plant - Monotropa uniflora

Ghost plant, Indian Pipe – Monotropa uniflora

Ericaceae family

MI Status


Life cycle

Parasitic Perennial wildflower.


White, scale-like and they do not contain cholorphyll.  Indian pipes obtain their nutrients from Mycorrihizal fungi that live symbiotically with trees and roots. 


Thick, white, or translucent.  These are usually found in clusters in wooded areas. 

Flowers and fruit

One white flower is produced per stem.  Fruit is an oval capsule.  Seeds are released through slits from the tip to the base of the capsule. 



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