Contrary to popular belief, not all plants need sunlight. This ghost plant is white because it does not have chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in chloroplasts, the structures where plants make sugar through a process known as photosynthesis. Instead, these plants get their nutrients by parasitizing another plant, usually a pine tree. This means it can grow on the forest floor in very shady areas. But not only is the ghost plant parasitic, it is also a myco-heterotroph! This means it is connected to the host tree through a fungus. The ghost plant draws nutrients from the fungus that the fungus obtained from the tree. Although it may not look like a flowering plant, it is related to blueberries, and actually does produce flowers. In fact, the plants in the photo are all flowering!
$50 Specimen adoption includes:
- 1 year adoption
- Certificate & photo
- Tax receipt for $50