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Monotropa uniflora: The Ghost Plant

By Nica Rabinowitz , Jeanne Garbarino

Although the ghost plant’s outside is white, inside there is a small orange orb surrounding a translucent pink star-shaped opening, known as anthers. Anthers hold a plant’s pollen. The pollen falls into a center opening, called a stigma, en route to the ovary. Monotropa uniflora is a peculiar little white flower, also known as the ghost plant. Ghost plants are parasitic and lurk in dark dense forests, getting their energy from tree fungi rather than sunlight.


If you look close enough you can see this ghost flower has a visitor!

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