Stinkhorn Clubhead
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Stinkhorn Clubhead
P Native Unknown Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Stinkhorn Clubhead
Botanical name: Rhopalocnemis phalloides    Family: Balanophoraceae (Balanophora family)
Synonyms: Phaeocordylis areolata

Stinkhorn Clubhead is a root parasite plant 15-30 cm tall, yellowish to brownish. The genus name Rhopalocnemis comes from the Greek rhopalon meaning club. The species name derives from its resemblance to Stinkhorn Mushrooms called Phallus. Inflorescence is club-shaped, 7-20 x 3-7.5 cm, with male flowers toward base and female flowers toward tip; scale-like bracts larger at middle of inflorescence, apically about 5 mm in diameter. Rhizome is 6-13 x 6-21 cm; sheath lobes 5, irregularly triangular, 1-2 × 1.2-1.5 cm. Flowering stems are 2-10 × 2-5 cm. Leaves are spirally arranged, a scattered, warty, apically slightly reflexed. Flowers are stalkless. Stinkhorn Clubhead is found in dense forests, thickets, at altitudes of 1000-2700 m, in Himalaya to China (SE. Yunnan, Guangxi) and Malesia.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Upper Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

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