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Fairy lantern flower has a gaping ‘mouth’ and saps vitality from fungi

Fairy lantern flower has a gaping 'mouth' and saps energy from fungi


The unusual hooded flower of Thismia belumensis

Siti Munirah Mat Yunoh (FRIM)

A crop of delicate white periscopes, every only a few centimetres tall, peek above the leaf litter in a Malaysian rainforest. They could resemble mushrooms, however they’re truly the flowers of a parasitic plant species that’s completely new to science.

Fairy lanterns (Thismia) are mysterious crops that solely briefly emerge from underground as tiny, intricate flowers. Missing the chlorophyll that helps crops photosynthesise to generate vitality, they as an alternative steal vitamins from fungi. Many species have disappeared from human eyes shortly after being found, generally by no means …

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