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Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora).  This is a native saprophyte that lives off fungi on tree roots.  It is white because it does not have chlorophyll, and therefore cannot produce its own food.  It can be found in the northern part of North America and in the south in the mountains.  It lives in shady woods with soil rich from decaying vegetation and is visible from June to September (Jiasuey & Allaire).  It looks like an upside-down pipe until the flowers are turning into seeds, when they stand upright, as in this picture. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes