Balanophora fungosa

Balanophora fungosa is a parasitic plant growing on the roots of rainforest plants. The flowering structure is shaped like a toadstool but consists of a globe covered with thousands of tiny female flowers. The globe is surrounded at its base by a much smaller number of male flowers. In flower, the plant emits an odour resembling that of mice.”

Young male inflorescences, flowers still unopened. 1600 m in montane cloud forest. Mt. Samkos (Pursat Province) in the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. (Photo Nov. 2010 by Jeremy Holden.)
Young male inflorescences, flowers still unopened. 1600 m in montane cloud forest. Mt. Samkos (Pursat Province) in the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. (Photo Nov. 2010 by Jeremy Holden.)

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