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Balanophora fungosa J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.

Balanophora fungosa J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. subsp. fungosa
This is a root parasite found in the tropical rainforest. It has no chlorophyll. The white tipped structures at the base are male flowers. The female flowers are the very very small white dots on the top of the dome. The species is subject to predation by feral pigs.


 
   
 Balanophora fungosa subsp. fungosa Balanophora fungosa  subsp. fungosa
Description:Flowers Description:Flowers
Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland
GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E
Date of photo:23 July 2017 Date of photo:23 July 2017
Field No.:6198 Field No.:6198
   
 Balanophora fungosa subsp. fungosa Balanophora fungosa  subsp. fungosa
Description:Male flowers Description:Female flowers
Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland
GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E
Date of photo:23 July 2017 Date of photo:23 July 2017
Field No.:6198 Field No.:6198
   
 Balanophora fungosa subsp. fungosa Balanophora fungosa  subsp. fungosa
Description:Plants Description:Plants
Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland Location:Ivan Evans Walk, Bayview Heights, Cairns, North Queensland
GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E GPS coordinates:16˚57.4746S,145˚43.1838E
Date of photo:23 July 2017 Date of photo:23 July 2017
Field No.:6198 Field No.:6198
   
 Balanophora fungosa subsp. fungosa Balanophora fungosa  subsp. fungosa
Description:Plants Description:Plants
Location: Smithfield Regional Park, Cairns, North Queensland Location: Smithfield Regional Park, Cairns, North Queensland
GPS coordinates:16˚48.8123S,145˚40.8619E GPS coordinates:16˚48.8123S,145˚40.8619E
Date of photo:6 July 2008 Date of photo:6 July 2008
Field No.: U83 Field No.: U83
   
     

 

References (accessed 5 August 2017):

http://keys.trin.org.au:8080/key-server/data/0e0f0504-0103-430d-8004-060d07080d04/media/Html/taxon/Balanophora_fungosa_subsp._fungosa.htm

Williams, K.A.W., (1980) Native Plants of Queensland, 1: 26

Hewson,H.J. in George A.S.(ed.), (1984) Balanophoraceae. Flora of Australia 22: 146-147

 

 

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Balanophora fungosa