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Of all the mycorrhizal associations, perhaps the most amazing are the strange and unusual flowering plants that are intimately connected to the fungus-root partnership. Since many of these "fungus flowers" lack chlorophyll and are incapable of making their own energy-rich carbohydrates, they are absolutely dependent on the photosynthetic forest trees. Known as "mycotrophic wildflowers" in botanical circles, some of these flowers superficially resemble a moist fungus as they push out of the soil, or trees. They certainly include some of the world's truly bizarre flowering plants.

In trying to get this shot, i had to stand in one place for a bit too long and gave some leeches nutrition. It took quite a while getting them off.


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