Monotropa uniflora L. - Indian Pipes
Family - Ericacea, Monotropaceae, Pyrolaceae
Flowering - June - November.
Habitat - Upland woods, sandy woods, mesic hammocks and scrub, pinelands.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This easily recognized and popular species can be found throughout Alabama and is probably found in every county of the state. No other species in the state resembles this saprophytic plant. The stems and flowers are bright white when they first emerge and then turn blackish with age. The single flower of each stem nods but the fruits become erect.
Photographs taken in Alley Spring Park, MO., 10-2-03, and in Conecuh National Forest, AL., 10-24-04.