Indian pipe

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Indian pipe

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Definition of INDIAN PIPE

:  a waxy white saprophytic herb (Monotropa uniflora of the family Monotropaceae, the Indian-pipe family) of Asia and North America with leaves reduced to scales and that turns black in drying

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First Known Use of INDIAN PIPE

circa 1818

Indian pipe

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Nongreen herbaceous plant (Monotropa uniflora) that is saprophytic (living on the remains of dead plants). Clusters grow in moist, shady, wooded areas of North America and Asia. The entire plant is white or grayish, occasionally pink, and turns black as it dries out. A single odourless, cup-shaped flower droops from the tip of a stalk 6–10 in. (15–25 cm) tall. The leaves, which lack chlorophyll and do not perform photosynthesis, are small scales. The name reflects the resemblance of this plant to a miniature Indian peace pipe with its stem stuck in the ground.

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