Balanophora from Vietnam_RKC_03_25042011

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Ritesh Kumar Choudhary

Apr 25, 2011, 9:42:25 AM4/25/11
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Dear all,
Balanophora from Vietnam (could be B. fungosa). Pl validate.
Loc.: HonBa Natural Reserve, Vietnam
Date: 12th April, 2011.

tanay bose

Apr 25, 2011, 10:33:53 AM4/25/11
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This is 100%  Balanophora fungosa when it comes out of the
ground it will turn cream white in colour .. few week back one 
my friend out here went for Vietnam trip he too brought back the
photo of this plant... he mistaking thought this to be a mushroom

Tanay Bose
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Gurcharan Singh

Apr 25, 2011, 12:19:35 PM4/25/11
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Yes Tanay and Ritesh
That reminds me of a similar plant my friend brought back from trip in J & K. For few days we thought it to be a fungus till we finally identified it as Balanophora involucrata. I published this as popular science article under the title "A flowering mushroom".

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tanay bose

Apr 25, 2011, 12:28:09 PM4/25/11
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So this is clear that not only my friend but quite a few people mistake this plant
as a mushroom!
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