“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.”
Balanophora fungosa: a flowering plant that parasitizes roots of trees, and is entirely lacking in green pigments. Balanophora fungosa obtains water and nutrients from the host plant it is attached to. […] This species inhabits coastal forests in Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), New Guinea, Philippines, Australia, and Pacific Islands.
Photo credit: Jeremy Holden
Locality: Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia