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March 04, 2018 - Mother Nature Network

Weird subterranean plant not seen in 150 years re-emerges from the underworld

Weird subterranean plant not seen in 150 years re-emerges from the underworld

In 1866, an Italian botanist named Odoardo Beccari was scouring through the jungles of Malaysia when he unearthed something truly alien-like: a plant, to be sure, but a plant with no leaves, no chlorophyll, and which did not perform photosynthesis and appeared to live underground. It looked more like a fungus or, perhaps more astutely, an insect or arachnid.

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