Often mistaken for orchids or “weird mushrooms,” Indian pipes are actually plants in the heath family. Lacking chlorophyll and a means to produce their own food like most plants, they form a symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi in the soil that helps them break down and digest decaying plant matter.
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