Oneida Co., WI
Vermont Pioneer Cemetery, Dane Co., WI
Blueberry Trail State Natural Area, Juneau Co., WI
Fascinating ecology info courtesy of Mizzbee: This is a flowering plant, but it has a highly uncharacteristic way of making a living. It has no leaves or chlorophyll; it has lost them because it doesn't make energy from sunlight, like most flowering plants. At first they used to think that it was saprophytic, living on dead organic matter on the forest floor (as is far more characteristic of the fungal kingdom), but its story is even more interesting: it is a parasite of the mycorrhizal fungi that live in symbiosis with trees. So, indirectly it is a parasite of the trees under which it grows.
Here's a shot of them later, in fruit -- the flower stands up erect.
Indianpipe, an angiosperm growing in pine forest.
ice covering tips
Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant is a herbaceous perennial plant, which was formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, however, it has now been included within the Ericaceae. It is native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. It is generally scarce or rare in occurrence.