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Parasitic Flower

Helosis cayennensis

Description:

They have an aboveground inflorescence with the overall appearance of a fungus, composed of numerous minute flowers. The inflorescences develop inside the tuberous underground part of the plant, before rupturing it and surfacing.

Habitat:

The plants are normally found in moist inland forests growing on tree roots

Notes:

I thought these were mushrooms at first until I did some research and found out they were parastic blooms. I spotted these on Clarence Mountain near the village of Aranaputa.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Urupé
Helosis cayennensis (Sw.) Spreng. Detalha Taxon Publico


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15 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks for the ID Leandro.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Mark and Wendy.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

brilliant

achmmad
achmmad 8 years ago

Wow! look so strong ...

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Meik. Great spotting on your link too.

Meik
Meik 9 years ago

Wow, nice spotting! It really looks like a mushroom.
Reminds me a bit of a parasitic plant I spotted some years ago.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/556...

AlexKonig
AlexKonig 9 years ago

no problem, i learn every day a little more here. MAYBE i will go under the "plant"-tolog area as well. no, i even dont know the right name for this science, i better just leave it to my mushroom

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Hahaha, thanks Craig! I'm glad we are all in agreement about it being one species. Thanks Alex, the stem does look the same.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

I think you're both right. I guess the second is a female inflorescence, and not just because she's wearing a nicer frock!

AlexKonig
AlexKonig 9 years ago

btw it look like a discolored "coprinus comatus" (mushroom) . just from the shape. nice spotting

AlexKonig
AlexKonig 9 years ago

dan take a look at the stem. i think it could be the same species, but then other grow-stadias or different genders. but when you say it is in the same area and has a similar stem, i suspect it comes from the same plant

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Craig. You think they are 2 different species? Maybe I should split them up. I always thought they were the same just in different growth stages because I saw them in the same area but maybe I was wrong.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Great shots! Would love to know what these two spp. are. The second is particularly amazing.

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

thanks!

yulia8473
yulia8473 9 years ago

wow))) made me smile

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Guyana

Spotted on Feb 27, 2011
Submitted on Apr 30, 2011

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