Saturday, April 10, 2021

Indian Pipes



These are such interesting plants. I see them rarely & get excited when I do. Also known as Ghost Pipe.

According to one reference it is in the blueberry family. Really?! I thought they were a fungus, but no.   They are parasitic & feed on fungus

They don't last long. I found these on the trail I walk several times a week just down the hill from my home. Above is when I first spotted them. These are from a couple years ago & I haven't seen them since. Glad I took lots of pictures over a several day period. I am always on the look out as I walk by the spot later in the summer. 

The first time I saw them i was about 11 at a summer camp on the opposite side of Michigan.                 I have been fascinated with them ever since.


  1. What a fantastic flower. The name alone called me here as soon as I saw it in my blog roll - and the photos did not disappoint me. Thanks for posting.

  2. I don't know this flower, strange and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos!
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  3. Very interesting. I've never even heard of them before.

  4. I would never guess that it was from the blueberry family. Something so ethereal and devoid of color seems the opposite of colorful blueberries. There really interesting looking.Weekends In Maine

    1. I was shocked as well. I thought it was a fungus.

  5. I have them on the side of my house in the woods. I also always thought they were a type of fungus. Who knew?


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