Observation 8241: Monotropa uniflora L.

When: 2008-07-05

Collection location: Vienna, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: zaazaa (lullabyvalarmclock)

No specimen available

Photographed in nature trail surrounding botanical gardens in northern Virginia.

White transparent stem and caps, condensation all over plant body.

Possibly fungus, would like to know scientific and common name if indeed fungus.

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Always associated with/parasitic on fungus
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-08-22 10:12:49 CEST (+0200)

Here in Oregon, Monotropa uniflora is always associated with Rhizopogon vinicolor, which it lives off of. Because Rhizopogon vinicolor is usually associated with Douglas fir, M.u. is also usually found under Douglas fir.

Thanks for adding these…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-07-07 07:11:05 CEST (+0200)

Please leave this observation and image on the site. While technically these are not fungi, they are often mistaken as such and it’s nice to have an image to point folks to.

Is there a name?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-07-06 22:33:34 CEST (+0200)

Is there a name to propose? So, these aren’t listed as Fungi sp., since they aren’t.

Monotropa uniflora
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2008-07-06 21:01:04 CEST (+0200)

These are indian pipes,or ghost plant, a parasitic plant that taps into the mycorrhizal connection between the mushroom and the tree.

thank you!
By: zaazaa (lullabyvalarmclock)
2008-07-06 18:52:43 CEST (+0200)

thanks so much!

Not a fungus.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-07-06 18:26:33 CEST (+0200)

This is Indian Pipe, a non-chlorophyllous plant. You are not the first to be fooled, tho!