Woodland Secrets or Ghosts in the Forest

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I spotted this spectral flora in a dark forest. Known as Ghost Plant, Corpse Plant, or Indian Pipe, this flower does not contain chlorophyll. It’s a parasitic plant. It feeds off fungi that have a symbiotic relationship with trees. Complicated and cool at the same time!

Some flowers are completely white, but they commonly have black flecks and a pale pink coloration. In rare instances, they are a deep red color. Wouldn’t that be creepy? But I still want to find one.

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17 Comments

  1. What a unique plant. When I first saw the picture, I thought it was white, but you say it doesn't have pigmentation at all. Incredible.

  2. That's pretty insane, I love it! It looks really ethereal and the way that it feeds is really cool. I fancy looking more into this, thanks!

  3. Othe-worldly is a good description!

  4. They're very cool! I love how they look and survive–they'd make a nice story detail.

  5. What a very neat and beautiful plant. So unusual.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  6. Ooh ghost plant looks awesome! And just in time for the season 😉

  7. omg those are SO AWESOME!
    thanks for sharing!

  8. How very cool – I've never seen these ones!

  9. Trying again. Blogger ate my comment. Anyway, translucent and CREEPY. Never seen one. Don't know if I want to.

  10. It looks very otherworldly. The diversity of plant life on this earth is amazing.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

  11. I've never heard of it either. It's the most beautiful parasitic plant I've ever seen.

  12. I love things like these, just begging for a a cameo in someone's WIP!

  13. I've never seen or heard of this plant. Thanks for the pics. I like to learn something new every day.

    Stephen Tremp

  14. That is the coolest thing I've ever seen. EVER. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Very spooky and cool looking. I like it.

  16. Jackee said…
    VERY cool! I've never heard of this plant–I'll have to go and look it up in one of my books.

    Thanks! Have a wonderful week!

  17. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Hi .. it is a great picture .. and I too hadn't heard of a Ghost Plant .. it looks fascinating – no wonder you took the pic.

    Great to know about .. thanks – Hilary

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