Oh, sorry .... I forgot to explain this photo when I uploaded this at 3 am. I suppose some of you understand that disruptive sleep that happens at my age. lol
I am now going backwards from yesterday's photo. This is Indian Pipe just starting to emerge from the forest floor. When I 1st found this I was amazed and in wonder of what it was myself. So I would photograph then go home and try to find it on the net or in a few books that I have.
Clayton, my sweet now 5 yr old grandson was the inspiration for me to learn about these amazing plants in the forest. He wanted to know their names and was and is so excited when we find things in the forest.
In the shady coniferous forests of the Pacific coastal states there are several spectacular examples of "fungus flowers." Since many of these mycotrophic wildflowers are nonphotosynthetic, they were once thought to be saprophytic (i.e. surviving on nutrients from decaying organic matter in the soil). Today we know that these species are getting their organic nutrients from nearby forest trees via a microscopic conduit system of mycorrhizal soil fungi. It is a virtually untapped food source that these unusual flowering plants have exploited.
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