They lack chlorophyll and do not photosynthesize but the mycotroph family of plants manages to somehow survive. They may look like a something from another planet but they are very much of this earth. Here, we take a look at these bizarre plants and their even stranger survival techniques.
In fact it is a parasite. It grabs the photosynthates from the fungus and so is able to survive without doing the hard job of photosynthesis itself. You will only see this particular plant around conifers. Take the tree and the underlying fungus away and it would not be able to survive. Quite why something so violently red that appears in the summer is called a snowplant is anyone’s guess.
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This is the candystick and you can see at the first glimpse why it is called this. Once seen candystick is never forgotten. It looks as if it could be plucked from the ground and placed in a Christmas stocking instead of a striped peppermint stick. Others compare this gorgeous plant to soft coral and they certainly have a point.
You can probably already guess why Pinefoot is named such. It is a herb but you may not like the smell. It depends on whether you like cheese, as the pinefoot has a scent which is reminiscent of brie. Not to everybody’s taste, that’s for sure.
Some of these plants are fairly common. Others, like the gnome plant above are very rare. It is native to the west coast of North America and can be found in places like the redwood forests.
The broomrape grows high – often up to thirty five centimeters and when it flowers they can be up to five centimeters in length.