Amanita franchetii, occurs in Europe and North Africa with oaks (Quercus ssp.), chestnuts (Castanea ssp.), and pines (Pinus ssp.).

Amanita franchetii, occurs in Europe and North Africa with oaks (Quercus ssp.), chestnuts (Castanea ssp.), and pines (Pinus ssp.).

Fairy lantern, Thismia rodwayi, from Tasmania by Tindo2 via Flickr (cc-by-nc): http://www.flickr.com/photos/tindo2/8141033905/  This small unusual plant normally remains hidden in the leaf litter but was exposed here by heavy rains washing down a steep bank. Thismia lack chlorophyll and depend on a mycorrhizal fungus for carbon and nutrient supply but in a parasitic way where the mycorrhizal fungi do not benefit in return.  More about this plant: http://eol.org/pages/345664/details

Fairy lantern, Thismia rodwayi, from Tasmania by Tindo2 via Flickr (cc-by-nc): http://www.flickr.com/photos/tindo2/8141033905/ This small unusual plant normally remains hidden in the leaf litter but was exposed here by heavy rains washing down a steep bank. Thismia lack chlorophyll and depend on a mycorrhizal fungus for carbon and nutrient supply but in a parasitic way where the mycorrhizal fungi do not benefit in return. More about this plant: http://eol.org/pages/345664/details

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