This past week we acquired a contemporary description of the indian pipe in the privately printed The Heaths of New England. Next to a dried specimen of the indian pipe the text, poetical in its own right, states:
Among the dark tall hemlocks this pale herb lifts its flower which is of the same hue as the stem. Plants which have chlorophyll prepare their food from the crude inorganic elements of the earth and air. This is therefore a root parasite, living on the juices elaborated by some other plant.Ask for Val 816 D56L211 to see Dickinson's Poems; White Mountains QK495 E68 H35 1880z for The Heaths of New England.