"A lso known as the ghost Plant , Indian pipe , or Corpse Plant.
UNLIKE most plants, it IS white and Does not CONTAIN chlorophyll . INSTEAD of Generating Energy from Sunlight, it IS Parasitic , more Specifically-a myco-Heterotroph . Its hosts Are Certain Fungi That Are Mycorrhizal with Trees, Meaning Ultimately it gets its Energy from Photosynthetic Trees. Since it IS not dependent on Sunlight to Grow, it CAN Grow in very Dark Environments as in the Understory of dense Forest. It IS Often Associated with Beech Trees.
The relationship Complex That Allows this Plant to Grow Also Makes propagation Difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color. “
From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are they making music for pleasure? Are they talking?
If this clip disappears, you can find the entire documentary on Amazon. And in the archives: watch more whale videos, including a surprise diving encounter with a Humpback Whale, this huge baby Sperm Whale, and Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale).
Suzuran aka Lily of The Valley
Amazing mushroom flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mycoimage/4930265066/in/photostream/