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)