Not sure if this is really the right section to be posting these as this plant is neither an orchid or a tropical species, but I would say it looks rather exotic.
It's of Allotropa virgata or candystick a plant native to the western US and British Columbia, and a member of the Monotropoideae, a sub-family of the Ericaceae that lack chlorophyll. I took these pics yesterday on one of my botanical adventures and although it's not exactly rare and not listed as such, it's not exactly common either and I had never seen one in full bloom before. Hope you enjoy.
I've seen Indian Pipe but never really understood their biology. I always thought they were the first shoots of a plant and would eventually turn green and leafy. I guess you can't grow these at home without a Douglas fir and some special fungus.
Thanks for the compliments. Though Apoplast my top secret non-OCPS name is Guy not Cory
Hal: It's too bad, just a few meters away from the Allotropa was a huge circular patch of Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) just emerging form the ground like medusa hair. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture. I think you certainly have it right about the Dougalas-fir and fungus. You definitely need the right combination of mature Doug-fir forest, with an intact understory where mosses and fungi can thrive to see this plant in my experience.
Ericales is a wild order from Allotropa to blueberries to Sarracenia!!
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
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bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
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dvg: Salivating up your drools?
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dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
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