Red flowerhead of Corynaea parasitic plant

Red flowerhead of Corynaea parasitic plant

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Caption: The red inflorescence of Corynaea crassa var. sprucei emerges from the floor of the cloudforest (altitude 3000 m) near Rio Mazan, Ecuador. A member of the Balanophoraceae, this is a parasitic flowering plant which draws its entire nourishment from the roots of trees.

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Keywords: balanophoraceae, botany, corynaea, corynaea crassa sprucei, flower, flowering, flowers, nature, parasite, plant, plants

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