Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Indian Pipe Flowers

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For the first time this year I got to see some Indian Pipe Flowers (aka ghost flower, corpse plant), scientific name, Monotropa uniflora.


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The plants are small, growing to 4-10" tall with flowers that are about ¾" long. The entire plant is white and turns black when damaged. A gel-like sap is said to have been used medicinally by Native Americans for treating eye problems.


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Once pollinated, the flowers turn upright and the plants turn brown. Hopefully next time I see them they will be fresher.

20 comments:

  1. are they frost bit or just beyond the prime bloom?

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  2. Wonderful. Hope you're enjoying you visit with your Mom.

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  3. I love pictures of buds...so full of anticipation!

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  4. Never seen those before! Interesting!
    By the way, I'm making the Christmas cards you showed!

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  5. Wow. Very interesting flowers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend!

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  6. Haha! This pic puts me in mind of "No 5 is Alive!" Do you remember that movie? With the little robot? Oh god Im feeling old again! LOL!

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  7. Those are very pretty. They look almost like blueberries right before the berries form.
    I hope ya'll have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. I've never heard of those before and I may not have ever seen one either. Great captures! Things are so beautiful up close!

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  9. Stephanie C ReinicheNovember 26, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Those are interesting. I've never seen those flowers. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. this is the first time i've seen this kind of flowers... i like the tinge of blue on the edges... hope you're having a great time with your mom... happy thanksgiving!

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  11. Oh they are perdy! ;) Great shots! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  12. your photos, as always, are breathtaking

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  13. Those are so spectacular. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving Lisa.

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  14. Now aren't those neat!!!! thanks for stoppin in....I have missed visiting with you!!

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  15. You know what I can't believe?
    That nobody's mentioned that it looks like they've already been smoked.
    What's wrong with people that they can't work with a straight line like that one??

    But seriously, those are way cool... and beautifully captured as always.

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  16. I have never seen nor have I heard of these. I'll have to look them up to see where they usually grow.

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  17. How unusual ... thanks for introducing us to these flowers.
    Hugs and blessings,

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