The otherworldly ‘fairy lantern’ plant, presumed extinct, emerges from the forest floor in Japan End-shutdown

Scientists in Japan have rediscovered an extremely rare species of parasitic “fairy lantern” that was thought to be extinct.

the mysterious plan Thismia kobensis, belongs to a rarely seen genus, which kills fungus. The plants grow underground without photosynthesis, but send out translucent flowers that sprout like ghostly lanterns from the forest floor.

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