Etymology: Monotropa: Greek for "one turn" referring to sharp recurving of top of the stem
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-8" tall forb, waxy white with no chlorophyll, turning brown with age; stems solitary or in a small cluster
Leaves: overlapping, scale-like
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/3"-2/3" long, nodding but erect in fruit, odorless, petals separate; solitary; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: erect capsule
Habitat: woods, forests; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native