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Ground Pineapple

Thonningia sanguinea


Thonningia sanguinea is a root parasite widespread in forests in subSaharan Africa. Its family, Balanophoraceae, includes about 50 species of obligatory root parasites. It has no leaves, drawing its nutrition from the host plants.. Flower about 8cm wide.


Swamp forest

2 Species ID Suggestions

Machi 6 years ago
Ground Pineapple
Thonningia sp. Thonningia
Ground Pineapple?
Thonningia sanguinea Vahl Tropicos | Name - Thonningia sanguinea Vahl

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Davidbygott 6 years ago

Thanks Machi, that's it!

dandoucette 6 years ago

These are so cool! I spotted a few in Uganda as well.

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Western Region, Uganda

Spotted on Aug 26, 2014
Submitted on Sep 14, 2014

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