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After the snail, it was clear that what the May Valley Trail had to offer was...the jolie laide side of nature and that I should just go with it. Next I spotted this, the Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora). AKA Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, or Corpse Plant. It is very weird. It feels like a mushroom, kind of fleshy and sproingy. Per wikipedia: it "does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic...Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest." So basically it's a vampire plant.

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Author Leslie Seaton from Seattle, WA, USA
Camera location47° 29′ 10.92″ N, 122° 02′ 51.79″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo

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