Planet Monotropa was named after the flower of the same name, Monotropa Uniflora (Monotropa – once turned; uniflora – one flowered). The flower is also known as the ghost plant (ghost pipe), or corpse plant. Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, and it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees.
(TAXONOMY: Kingdom: Plantae, (unranked): Angiosperms, (unranked): Eudicots, (unranked): Asterids, Order: Ericales, Family: Ericaceae, Subfamily: Monotropoideae, Genus: Monotropa, Species: M. uniflora)