White, transparent, looks paranormal and stands out from its surroundings – it is quite clear at first glance why they call this flower the ghost plant. When we add the fact that it can thrive in the darkest places and chilling spots, this unusual plant fully justifies its name.
When we were in classes taught biology that plants can not live without photosynthesis, they forgot to mention this flower.
Monotropa uniflora, which is the official name of the plant, does not contain chlorophyll. It is often mistaken for a fungus, but the truth is that it is parasitic – its hosts are some fungies that are in symbiosis with trees, so this plant gets photosynthetic energy indirectly.
In order to that, they are entirely white, but often with black flecks and pale pink coloration. Variants with deep red color are rare.
If the flowers pointed upward, they might collect rainwater, and the nectar that they offer to insects would be diluted.
This flower can be found in areas of European Russia, Asia, North America and northern South America.