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Fungus Root

Balanophora fungosa


This small leafless plant is a root-parasite and resembles a fungus with a large rounded head. The 'acorn-shape' is the female inflorescence, to 2 - 3cm. This plant is monoecious, both male and female flowers on the same inflorescence.


Found amongst litter on the forest floor, James Cook University Cairns campus.


'Balanophora' means bearing an acorn. Balanophora is an obligate parasitic flowering plant.

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Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 3, 2009
Submitted on Mar 7, 2013

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