„Pa’Umor Fairy Lantern“ is known to the scientific world

Another extraordinary species of the genus Thismia, Thismia kelabitiana, has been finally published and recognized by the world scientific community. Its Latin scientific name (kelabitiana) refers to the Kelabit people, on whose land it grows. And because this extravagant species has only been found in the forests of Pa’Umor and nowhere else in the world, its official common name is Pa’Umor Fairy Lantern. Similarly to other Fairy Lanterns, this plant misses green leaves and cannot gain energy from sun and use it via photosynthesis. Its life therefore depends on fungi that are further connected with trees. For this reason, Pa’Umor Fairy Lantern can only be found in the deepest and darkest parts of the jungle. What distinguishes this beauty from its relatives is its extraordinary appearance – relatively large yellow flowers with a distinctive fringe and a small cap-like structure called mitre. For more info, see the original article at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0203443

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