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strange white flower/fungus
    #4340906 - 06/27/05 01:12 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Out hiking (and tripping) today, we found a strange organism that I've run across before. It's always confounded me. It looks like a small flower, except it's completely white all over. It has no root structure, and it appears to be growing out of the ground like a fungus. I found it growing on mossy stumps. Although it looks like it's growing like a fungus, it has sexual reproductive organs (pistil and stamen), so it's definitely not sporulating. I'm fairly sure it's not a fungus because it doesn't reproduce through spores, but I don't think it could be a flower because it doesn't have roots or any green on it anywhere, which means it's not using photosynthesis. Am I wrong about fungi only reproducing with spores? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: harpd]
    #4340911 - 06/27/05 01:15 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Pictues?

Without them we can only speculate...


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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: harpd]
    #4342024 - 06/27/05 07:23 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Most ferns also reproduce by spores.


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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: _OttO_]
    #4342140 - 06/27/05 09:03 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Probably some of the species of Orobanche

http://images.google.com/images?q=Orobanche


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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: harpd]
    #4342190 - 06/27/05 10:04 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

It sounds to me like you found Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora).
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/indian_pipe.htm


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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: shroomydan]
    #4343937 - 06/27/05 06:15 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yep, Indian Pipes were what I found. Thanks for your help Dan!


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Re: strange white flower/fungus [Re: Drink_Punk_Soda]
    #14717217 - 07/04/11 09:04 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)
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During a hike on Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts recently I came across some completely white flowers.  They looked as if they were completely deprived of sunlight.


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