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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

In contrast to some of the flower portraits on here, this one isn't relly very showy. In fact its a bit scruffy. It's Lathraea squamaria (Toothwort) parasiting on the roots of an old hazel hedge. It's a bit hard to spot by chance, because it's only above ground for a week or so in a year, it has no green leaves, but it does have some adapted leaves underground that help it get it's flower spike aloft.

Toothwort by John Dalrymple, on Flickr

It's a lot more interesting close up though:
Toothwort by John Dalrymple, on Flickr
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