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Helosis cayennensis


Plant that mimic red mushrooms on the jungle ground, about 5 cm tall (2 inches). Family Balanophoraceae. Genus Balanophora


Peruvian Amazon

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Helosis cayennensis (Sw.) Spreng. Detalha Taxon Publico

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LuisStevens 4 years ago

Thank you Leonardo Cardoso for the ID and the link.

AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Thanks Luis - We appreciate all your help in building this mission! Your photos have added so much to our understanding and appreciation

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Amazon Workshops, I updated the info.

AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Hi Luis- We need your help! Hoping you can take a look at all of your postings for our Species Spotlight mission and update the ID and scientific names as suggested by the Project Noah rangers. In some cases they may only be able to give you the genus, but you can just use "sp." for the species name. We are gearing up for a return to the Amazon in July 2013 will be using these postings as a teaching tool prior to departure. We want to get all of our current spottings up to speed before our next launch! Thanks very much!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Dandoucette, for the ID

dandoucette 7 years ago

Alex is right, it's not a mushroom. It's a parasitic plant belonging to the Balanophoraceae family and possibly in the genus Balanophora. Nice spot Luis.

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thanks again for the reminder Alex Koning. Also, could you look at my new spottings?

AlexKonig 7 years ago

you're welcome luis
but what does it mean if you don't re-edit the id and let it be a mushroom {which it isn't} ???
No offending, but it is time to give them the proper id

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Thank you AlexKonig

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow, Luis, fantastic!!

AlexKonig 8 years ago

hi luis stevens.
I'm fairly sure, you can get an id, by craigwilliams ( ).
It's probably a plant, mimicin a mushroom.

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Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Sep 20, 2008
Submitted on Jul 7, 2012

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