Did You Know: Plants that Don’t Need Photosynthesis

The most common variety of parasitic plants are the myco-heterotrophs. These parasitic plants connect to networks of underground fungi called mycorrhizae to steal the nutrients they need to grow. 

1. Ghost Pipe – Monotropa uniflora 
2. Phantom Orchid – Cephalanthera austinae 

Recently, in Assam state, Lecanorchis taiwaniana, a mycoheterotroph, one of two types of parasitic plants that have abandoned photosynthesis was found.

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