This small, skinny, plant was found at the Eastern end of Long Island, New York, USA. It was in an Oak Hickory forest.

I believe it's parasitic, meaning it has no chlorophyll and requires a host to reproduce.

Which species is this? Might it be some species of Orobanche?

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I am not sure, I am not from that area. But my two cents are Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora), or some related species. They are indeed parasitic, they have no chlorophyll.

  • I believe you are right. On another forum someone pointed out that it could be Montropa fruiting. Although I always note the flowering phase, I've never noted it at this phase.
    – That Idiot
    Jul 30 '19 at 13:00
  • Yes you (or the other forum) is right, fruiting as seen here is very similar. Pretty weird plant, almost alien!
    – benn
    Jul 30 '19 at 13:04

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