SEARCH:

Coral Plant: Atypical Tubers

ESF Top 10 New Species of 2015

  • Branching aboveground tubers and young inflorescences of pistillate plant
    Photograph: P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona

  • Habitat of pistillate plant
    Photograph: P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona

  • Branching aboveground tubers and staminate inflorescence
    Photograph: P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona

  • Branching aboveground tubers and staminate inflorescence
    Photograph: P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona

  • Staminate inflorescence
    Photograph: P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona

Coral Plant: Atypical Tubers

ESF Top 10 New Species of 2015

SHARE:

About the Coral Plant

Name: Balanophora coralliformis

How it made the Top 10:  This parasitic plant, discovered and almost immediately considered endangered, has elongated, repeatedly branching, and rough-textured aboveground tubers. These peculiar tubers give this root parasite from the Philippines a coral-like appearance distinct from the more typical underground tubers of related species. Parasitic plants do not contain chlorophyll and are incapable of photosynthesis, so they draw their nutrition from other living plants.  This species is, so far, known from fewer than 50 plants, all found between 4,800 and 5,600 feet (1,465 and 1,735 m) elevation on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Mingan in mossy forest areas. Because so few plants are known to exist, and the narrow area in which they live is unprotected, the scientists who described it consider the plant critically endangered.

Kingdom: Plantae

Family:  Balanophoraceae

Size: Clumps up to 30 cm; tuber branches up to 5 cm length

Type locality:  Mt. Mingan, Aurora Province, Luzon, Philippines

Holotype:  Philippine National Herbarium

Etymology:  The species is named for the coral-like form of its above-ground tubers

More information: Pelser, Pieter B., Tandang, Danilo N., and Julie F. Barcelona. 2014.  Balanophora coralliformis (Balanophoraceae), a new species from Mt. Mingan, Luzon, Philippines.  Phytotaxon 170: 291-295.

ESF—America's Top Environmental College

ESF At-a-Glance | Rankings
Academics | Admissions

facebook twitter youtube itunes U linked in

Social

YouTube Channels

ESF | Athletics | Research | Academics | Sustainability | New York | Nature


SUNY-ESF
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY-ESF |
1 Forestry Drive | Syracuse, NY 13210 | 315-470-6500
Copyright © 2016 | Admissions Information | Webmaster