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Indian pipe

noun

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A plant with a yellowish stem and a single drooping flower, native to North America and NE Asia. It lacks chlorophyll and obtains nourishment via symbiotic fungi in its roots.
  • Monotropa uniflora, family Monotropaceae.
Example sentences
  • The Indian pipe is a saprophyte, living chiefly on the decaying roots of other plants, particularly trees.
  • The flowers are inodorous, and appear from June until September; their resemblance to a pipe has given rise to the names Indian pipe or Pipe-plant.
  • They appear to be parasitic on the fungi as no benefit to the fungus from its association with the Indian pipe has been discerned.

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