Monotropa uniflora L.
Family - Monotropaceae, (Ericaceae) (Pyrolaceae)
Stems - No info. yet.
Leaves - No info. yet.
Inflorescence - No info. yet.
Flowers - No info. yet.
Flowering - August - October.
Habitat - Dry upland woods, ravines, thickets, slopes, ridges.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This unique plant can be found throughout much of Missouri but is apparently absent from the west-central portion of the state. The plant grows in thick leaf litter (mulch) and is saprophytic. This is probably the easiest plant in Missouri to identify as nothing else resembles it. Another species, M. hypopithys L., has the same growth pattern but is a yellow to gold plant which turns red when fruiting. This latter species is less common in Missouri.
Photographs taken in Alley Spring Park, MO., 10-2-03, and in Conecuh National Forest, AL., 10-24-04.