Interesting Wildflower at Wesley Hill Nature Preserve

My friend and I had plans to hike through the Wesley Hill Nature Preserve in the Finger Lakes region on July 17, 2004 and pretty much got rained out. The rain let up for a minute, the mosquitoes were thick, and I did get to take a photo of this interesting looking wildflower. UPDATE: Please see Lynne’s comment for the description of this wildflower called Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)! Thanks Lynne!

I also love the mosses and other cool stuff on the ground, too. Sorry it is a lousy photo! But as I was just going through my photos figuring out something to post today, I came across this. Due to the rain that day I have no other scenery photos for you. I have to go back there! So many things to do, so little time!!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 14:06:10

    Cool plant! It looked familiar so I looked in a new book I got at Half Price Books. The book is called Northland Wilflowers, the Comprehensive Guide to the Minnesota Region. Your plant looks like “Indian Pipe”. Here’s the description from the book:

    A remarkable forest plant, usually 3 to 6 inches tall, with upright stems and nodding, pipe-shaped flowers that look as if they were modeled from white wax. Occasionally they are pink, and they always turn black if picked and dried. When in clumps, all the flowers face the same way. Indian pipe lives in parnership with a fungus and may also be parasitic on other plants. The stems rise from a mass of thickened roots.

    Habitait and range: Forests, often in dense shade; widely distrubuted in North America.

    Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

    What do you think? Could that be it?


  2. Lynne
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 14:21:01

    BTW- I bought the new Taylor Hicks CD this morning. Whooeey- I can’t sit still in my chair while I’m here typing away! (I have it cranked in my Bose!)

    Soul Sista I’m with you! Whooo Wee!!


  3. Pam
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 15:13:36

    Lynne – COOL!! Yup – that’s it! Thank you so much for the correction and the information! It’s a very cool looking plant, isn’t it! I’ll have to look in my Newcomb’s Wildflower guide – when I get it back!

    Woo Hoo! How can you sit there typing while listening to that hot hOT HOTTIE? Get up and dance sista!


  4. Sandy
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 17:12:15

    I have heard of these, but never seen them.


  5. Pam
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 18:56:30

    Sandy – I passed it off as a fungus and didn’t think anymore about it until today when Lynne told me it was a wildflower!


  6. Mary
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 19:18:01

    Well, I certainly glad that Lynne was able to identify that plant You did a great job, Pam, posting from your archives when the weather is so bad. I’ve dipped into my archives from time to time.

    Let me tell ya, Soul Sistas, during the cold months, crank up that damned Bose and shake it, shake it, shake it! Yowza!


  7. Pam
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 19:34:21

    Mary – ROFL!!!! Oh yeah, I’ve been cranking the Bose in the bedroom and making the Bose speakers work hard in the living room! Gotta shake it hard to keep warm around here now!
    Lynne was very helpful with the plant and I appreciate it – can’t wait to tell my friend about it! Then I saw Mon@rch told me what it was, too!
    I took more photos today, but was sick of hearing myself talk about the weather. Maybe I’ll post them tomorrow. Unless I come up with something better.
    I woke up to ‘chirp chirp’ this morning which made me spring right out of bed. I love hearing the bewds!


  8. Mary
    Jan 16, 2007 @ 22:27:42

    Me, too. I’m always listening for the “bewds”. Oh, let’s see Spring already. I don’t like walking in cold wind that makes my eyes water and my nose run. We’ve had mild temps for a long time and my body can’t adjust to winter anymore. There were times in MD and DE when 25 degrees was a heat wave. Being farther south, my body can’t take it anymore.


  9. Susan Gets Native
    Jan 17, 2007 @ 00:45:11

    I have heard of those thingies, but never laid eyes on them. KEWL.


  10. Pam
    Jan 17, 2007 @ 07:39:53

    Mary – I agree – I’ve had enough of this strange “winter” already! I’m ready for the warm breezes and earthy smells of springtime!

    Susan – now you’ll be looking for them won’t you! Not another fungus like I thought originally!


  11. Rurality
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 13:16:28

    Oh! I’m so jealous. I’ve been wanting to see Indian Pipe for years but have never come across it (or the similar one called Pine Sap either).


  12. Pam
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 15:00:14

    Hi Rurality – now that I know what it is I”ll be looking for it in the woods and probably will never see it again! I hope I do though. I hope you find it soon and the Pine Sap, too. If you do, will you post them on your blog for us to see?


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