Botanists name astonishing new species of ‘fairy lantern’ from Malaysian rainforests

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So-called ‘fairy lanterns’ (genus Thismia) are among the most extraordinary-looking of all flowering plants. These curious, leafless plants grow in the darkest depths of remote rainforests where they are seldom seen. There are some 90 species worldwide, distributed across the forests of Asia, Australasia, South America, and the USA. They all lack true leaves and […]