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This is the beginning of our 24th year of looking at wildflowers in Cook County, MN. We are three senior women who just love to get out and explore and learn new things. We are even getting together all winter but don't find too many flowers at that time, but no matter.

 

Indian pipe, common name for the genus Monotropa and for the family Monotropaceae, low flowering plants of north temperate zones. They are chlorophylless saprophytes with a funguslike appearance. Each stem has scalelike leaves and, with its nodding flower, resembles a pipe. The plant's waxy white or yellowish-white color has given rise to such names as corpse plant and ghost flower. The related snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) of the Sierra Nevadas is a bright red species that shoots up and blooms as soon as the snow melts. Indian pipes, snow plants, and related saprophytes are classed by most botanists as a separate family, the Monotropaceae; by others they are included in the family Ericaceae (heath family). Both families are classified in the Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Ericales.  --Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia

Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora), "Ghost Flower", "Corpse Plant", "Snow Plant", "Ice Plant" - Photo by Lorraine Adele Anderson

 

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 - Report by

Earlier this week we went to Duluth. On the way we stopped at the Split Rock Wayside Rest and hiked back to the falls. What a beautiful walk. We saw some of our old friends that we don't see much of in Cook A Mystery plant cond.jpg (84788 bytes)County: Water Hemlock, Fringed Loosestrife (not to be confused with the invasive Purple Loosestrife) and Bittersweet Nightshade. There was a Mystery Flower on the Scenic Highway towards Duluth. Can any one help identify it?  (email  )
On Wednesday we went on Cougar Trail (above Maple Hill Cemetery). We knew we were late but we did see Pinesap.jpg (78980 bytes)the remains of Pinesap, Indian Pipes and One -flowered Wintergreen. It's a Red Pine forest and the breeze through the leaves was such a nice sound and the layer of needles below our feet just felt GOOD!

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