Weaving Gold

Mokosha, Anastasia Sophia, and Me, Natalia . . . while the books are written

Plant with No Green Parts

on February 18, 2016

Milky mystery sprouts.
Silky, blossom-tipped stems flare,
adorn forest floor.


Inspired by RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #84 Milk&Smooth

I took this photo a few summers ago while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. I assumed it was a fungus, but discovered it is a heterotroph — a plant with no chlorophyll.

The lack of need for sunshine allows them to grow in heavy undergrowth and thick, dark wooded areas. With no manner of producing their own food, they are dependent on a host plant to produce the nutrients they need.

Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe, the Names are as Fascinating as the Plant!
by Angela Carson (Bookerc1) October 26, 2015


19 responses to “Plant with No Green Parts

  1. Wow, I learned something new today! Great picture!

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  2. Ronovan says:

    Now I am wondering where you are. I live in the toe knuckles of the Smokey Mountains, at least that’s the name I use. I can see the Smokies from here. Yes, I know it was while you were there and took a picture. 🙂

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  3. […] READ Natalia Erehnah (Author): Ghost Plant | Weaving Gold. Okay, great Haiku and an amazing learning lesson. Also nice to see where she took the photograph. […]

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  4. Judy Martin says:

    What an unusual plant, and a great idea for the haiku 🙂

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  5. Olga says:

    Wonderful poetic words to describe that interesting plant. What a find! Loved your info story about it.

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  6. Silver Threading says:

    I love the vivid description. Well done!!! ❤

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  7. Denis1950 says:

    Fantastic image and what a haiku to go with it.

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  8. Milky mystery sprouts––indeed! Nice haiku and very interesting. I have never seen anything like it and I probably would have thought it a fungus too if I had come across it. Very cool. 🙂

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