Happy weekend IG people! Hope you'll have a good one! ❤️It's still extremely hot here but I guess it's as well where you are. It slows me down, I hate that. And to top it all off I'm even slower now since I'd stepped into a big rusty nail 'rostiga spik' yesterday. Yikes, that hurt.😬 Still does. The big fella was stuck in some wood that was lying upside down and I wasn't paying attention and walked straight in. 🙈 Luckily it wasn't happening to our girl and luckily I was wearing flip-flops but still a few centimeters went into my foot. 👎🏻 Had a tetanus vaccine and I still can't walk properly. But hey ho, I'll be fine! On a more cheery note....our missy here's already very excited. She'll be five on wednesday. 🎈 It was just as hot then, when I was in labour. 😰Anyways...before I make a long story even longer....Enjoy your weekend! Take it easy! ✨
I have too many photos/videos of this plant to not share a handful.
The stunning red and white colors of the Candystick stop me in my tracks every time, and each summer I look forward to seeing them again! They have no green on them, meaning no chlorophyl and therefore they do not photosynthesize. They receive their nutrition by way of the fungal freeway. The fungi acts as a transportation system, receiving nutrients and carbohydrates from neighboring trees, then delivering it to the non-photosythensizing Candystick plant. You would never notice this, of course, when standing in the forest gazing at these beauties…it all happens underground, tree roots connecting with mycelium connecting with plant roots…this is not the only plant that depends on fungal partners to survive, many other non-photosynthetic plants exist as well (often called Mycoheterotrophic plants)—plus even the lovely leafy green plants almost always have a fungi buddy they associate with too. Connections beyond our understanding are happening between plant, fungi and other allies.
And I should note, that even though you may not see any evidence of fungi when this lovely Candystick is blooming…You might come autumn, for that is when the fungi fruits its intoxicating Matsutake mushroom. Different plants associate with different fungi (sometimes many types) but the Matsutake is the only fungi Allotropa virgata associates with.
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