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Cynomorium  coccineum This time "twins". Cynomorium,Cynomorium coccineum,Geotagged,Jordan,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Looks like a heart :) Posted 5 months ago
  2. From today's Facebook post:

    Cynomorium coccineum is a fascinating, rare plant that is the only species in its genus. Thanks to its appearance, common names include Maltese mushroom, red thumb, and desert thumb. Cynomorium coccineum is a parasitic plant that doesn’t contain any chlorophyll and thus can’t photosynthesize. It grows in dry, sandy soils and spends most of its life as an underground rhizome, which attaches to the roots of host plants. It is completely dependent on its host for nutrition. The small, red flowers emerge in the spring and form a dense, club-shaped mass on an unbranched stem that is about 15-30 cm tall (6-12 in). The flowers can be male, female, or hermaphrodite and are pollinated by flies that adore the plant’s sweet, cabbage-like scent.

    Cynomorium coccineum has historical value in many different cultures and was often sent to monarchs as gifts. It was highly regarded by the Knights of Malta in 16th century Europe. It was so favored that guards were posted to protect the areas where the plant grew from would-be marauders. Herbalists used the plant to treat blood disorders and restore energy. It was also assumed, due to the phallic shape of the inflorescence, that the plant was good to treat sexual problems, such as impotence. Other uses included treatment of ulcers and digestive complaints. Lastly, Cynomorium is considered a “famine food”, which is not frequently eaten, but can help people survive in times when regular food sources are scarce. {Spotted in Jordan by JungleDragon moderator, Ori Fragman-Sapir} #JungleDragon

    Posted 4 months ago

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''Cynomorium'' is a genus of parasitic perennial flowering plants in the family Cynomoriaceae. The genus consists of only one species, ''Cynomorium coccineum'' . Its placement in the Saxifragales was resolved in 2016 with the help of nuclear, plastid, and mitochondrial sequences obtained from next-generation sequencing . Common names include the misleading Maltese fungus or Maltese mushroom; also desert thumb, red thumb, ''tarthuth'' and ''suoyang'' . A rare or local species, it grows in dry, rocky.. more

Similar species: Saxifragales
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Uploaded Apr 7, 2019. Captured Apr 6, 2019 11:23 in Aqaba Qasabah District, Jordan.
  • NIKON D750
  • f/20.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm