Balanophora fungosa

red parasitic plant on the forest floor in cambodia

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