Another ‘fairy lantern’ plant, thought to be extinct, emerges from the forest floor in Japan

Scientists in Japan have discovered an extremely rare species of parasitic “fairy lantern” that was thought to be extinct.

The mysterious plant, This is cobensis, belonging to a rarely seen genus of succulent fungus. The plants grow underground without photosynthesis but send translucent flowers to sprout like ghostly lanterns from the forest floor.

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