Balanophora fungosa (Fungus Root) (Balanophoraceae)

Balanophora fungosa (Fungus Root)

This has got to be one of the weirdest flowers I’ve ever seen. It is saprophytic like a fungus and I haven’t yet figured out the biology of the flowers. I think of this little gregarious plant as Australia’s answer to the giant Rafflesias of Southeast Asia. It is small by comparison but certainly a gem to behold. Fortunately, it is rather common.

Balanophora fungosa (Fungus Root)

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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