Balanophora fungosa

Balanophora fungosa

three fungi

(Balanophora)

FAMILY

Balanophoraceae

Species

Balanophora fungosa

Common name

Balanophora

Flower colour; life form

Whitish to brown; herb, parasitic

Campus

Cairns

Description

This small apparently leafless plant is a root-parasite and resembles a fungus with a large rounded head. The female flowers form an densely packed apical cone with the male flowers clustered below them. Usually found amongst litter on the forest floor.