Where Have All the Pygmy Pipes Gone?
By Carmel van Hoek I haven’t heard any mention of pygmy pipes in quite a while, and the last collections, according to the USF Plant Atlas , were made in 2012 in Pasco and St. Johns Counties. I wonder if these little endemic, state endangered obscurities are taking another sabbatical as they have sometimes done since the late 1800’s when they were first discovered. Photograph by Betty Wargo. Courtesy of The Atlas of Florida Plants Photograph by Rita Lassiter . Courtesy of The Atlas of Florida Plants In December of 1884, in east Florida near St. Augustine, Mary C. Reynolds found several small plants that obviously lacked chlorophyll as they displayed no hint of green. They looked somewhat like Indian Pipes, Monotropa uniflora, except that these plants were smaller, some barely visible above the leaf litter. And they were suffused with colors of pink and pale lavender instead of being ghostly white. Instead of a single flower atop the stem as in Indian Pipes, these stem