Indian Pipe found on East Main street.
The dainty, extremely delicate flowers of the epiparasitic Indian pipe appear in the fall following a rain.
Here is some information about the Indian Pipe or Ghost Flower from www.uswildflowers.com
Wildflowers of the United States
Indian Pipe, Ghost Flower, Ghost Plant – Monotropa uniflora
When first seen, Indian Pipe seems more like a mushroom or other fungus than like a true flowering plant due to the color – or lack of color. However, it has a stem, bract-like scales in place of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem.
Indian Pipe has roots through which it gathers its nourishment. The plant lacks chlorophyll but instead gets its nutrients through a mutually beneficial relationship with a fungus in the soil where it grows.