Monotropa uniflbra. ("Turned to one side.") - Family, Heath. Color, a leaden white. Leaves, none. Calyx, of 2 to 4, and corolla, of 4 or 5, bract - like scales. Stamens, 8 or 10, with anthers joined horizontally to the filaments, opening by 2 chinks. Pistil, 1, with a thick style, surmounted by a fleshy 4 to 5-rayed stigma. Fruit, a capsule filled with very many minute seeds. Stems, waxy white, with bracts in place of leaves, all devoid of chlorophyll (green) grains, 3 to 8 inches high, in clusters from a bunch of fibrous roots which are parasitic on the roots of other plants, or saprophytic, growing on decaying vegetable matter. The flowers at first hang down; in fruit, stand erect. June to August.

No odor, and a rather unpleasant plant, clammy to the touch, turning black after being plucked. It has been called "Life in death." (See illustration, p. 107.)

Indian pipe. corpse plant (Monotropa unifiora)

Indian pipe. corpse plant (Monotropa unifiora)