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Balanophora - Vegetative Growth

Balanophora papuana

Description:

Parasitic plant with branched coral like vegetative growth from which the separate male and female inflorescences will later burst.

Habitat:

Deep in the Mossy cloud forest of Gunung Brinchang, amongst the web of roots that forms the forest floor.

Notes:

There was plenty of gone over Balanophora fungosa in this forest but this was the only one of this sp. I saw.

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2 Comments

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

Thanks Kristal! Excellent research. I should make more use of the Parasitic Plant Connections, it really is an awesome site. I was mistakenly thinking that these little white nodes were the flowers but you're right, these look just like the prelude to flowering. Will update spotting now.

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 8 years ago

Looks like the vegetative growth of Balanophora papuana: http://www.flickr.com/photos/botalex/289.... Very cool! I found it by browsing the Parasitic Plant Connection's Balanophoraceae page: http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/Balan....

craigwilliams
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craigwilliams

Malaysia

Spotted on Aug 29, 2010
Submitted on Oct 22, 2011

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