Indian Pipes, Monotropa uniflora L., at 55 Burdick Hill Rd, Ithaca NY, USA
There were many. In the same spots that are coming now (14 July 2007). The
2007 crop is substantially more abundant already.
There were a few small groups and singles but only one cluster of more
than three, pictured.
As of now, 7 July, there are ca. ten clusters of a dozen or more. And two
with more than twenty!, clusters St.Helens and Grande.
The first emerging nubbins were spotted in early June, cluster
Premiere. Cluster Annee06 is
so named because it's in the same place as the main 2006 cluster.
- 1 July
- 7 July
- 8 July There was some rain and warmer weather. They're coming fast now.
Four new clusters, and singles everywhere. Still mostly in the Overview area
but other spots too. Annee06 has at least thirty now!
- 10 July Stems are beginning to emerge. Just found Rouge!
- 12 July Stems are elongating. Many new plants
are popping up through the leaf litter, especially downhill in the
Not clusters, just singles and twos and threes. It's getting hard to
find a place to stand.
Though growth is the rule, some plants aren't progressing. Compare cluster Noir on
1 July vs. 10 July.
- 14 July Rouge continues to be magical. The plants are large enough now
to take more overview pictures for spatial context, e.g. St.Helens vs. Grande.
- 16 July Some plants are 5 cm
tall, half their mature height. New ones continue to appear, including
a cluster of six that's a bit outside the previous range.
- 18 July A new area found, Nord-ouest.
- 20 July The place is exploding,
- 21 July Is the Noir cluster dying? See St. Helens today!
- 24 July Just found Rouge2! St. Helens has been damaged.
- 26 July Petals are being shed,
revealing the internal flower parts as they ripen.
- 28 July The flowers/fruits
continue to ripen. Damaged plants continue to be found.
- 30 July
Rouge has been decapitated.
Noir is quite dead.
- 1 August Another decapitation, and a
- 5 August Maturation phase.
Pollination has happened so they don't need to be attractive now, just set
fruit and seed.
- 11 August Ripening continues.
- 19 August Seeds are being set, as the vegetative parts senesce.
- 26 August Ripening continues, slowly.
- 8 September Fully mature.
Sequences of development of each cluster.
Mature forest in upstate New York, situated between two small gorges. Maple,
oak, pine, hickory, other. Trillium, trout lily, may apple,
bloodroot, solomon's seal (both), wild strawberry, cinquefoil, grasses, moss, mushrooms. Being threatened by
garlic mustard. The total area containing Indian Pipes is ca. 30 meters
square, in a 100x larger area of similar vegetation.
The Rouge area is at the northwest, downhill corner of the overall
area of Indian Pipes, and the Overview area is at the opposite corner.
Photos by Dave Matthews. Unrestricted rights granted on request.