Levend Lichtje

Monotropa uniflora

Five glowing flowers in glass dome.

Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant (or ghost pipe), Indian pipe or corpse plant (...) Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a mycoheterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration.

The Monotropa uniflora light has five small flowers with a soft yellow light. The flower stems are a soft pink colour, with white shining through. The base is covered with hand felted and embroidered lichen, handmade painted paper leaves and handmade paper twigs. This light is the largest I have made to date. The glass dome is 27 cm/10.63 inch high, 14 cm/5.51 inch wide and deep.