|Myxomycete, Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa. High Elms Country Park, 19 June 2016.|
Myxomycetes eat all sorts of tiny things, including bacteria and fungus spores, and most of them slurp around as a sort of mobile jelly until they settle down and put up spore-bearing organs like those shown here. You can see the jelly form in this photo too.
|Pale Stagshorn, Calocera pallidospathulata. High Elms Country Park, 23 May 2016.|
But there are also quite a few true plants that do not have any chlorophyll. They are parasitic, leeching off the root systems of plants that do get their energy from the sun.
|Common Toothwort, Lathraea squamaria. High Elms Country Park, 24 March 2016.|
|Common Broomrape, Orobanche minor. High Elms Country Park, 19 June 2016.|
|Yellow Bird's Nest, Monotropa hypopitys. High Elms Country Park, 20 July 2016.|
I used to wonder how it got its common name, but this year I saw a mature flower:
|Yellow Bird's Nest, Monotropa hypopitys. Closeup of flower. High Elms Country Park, 8 July 2016.|
All these so far have been seen at High Elms Country Park this year. This last example, below, was photographed in the same park a couple of years ago.
|Bird's Nest Orchid, Neottia nidus-avis. High Elms Country Park, 29 June 2013.|
As you can see, most of these plants are yellowish and sickly-looking. But they are actually bursting with health, which makes one woonder about the state of their victims!