What am I?


I live in the dark, covered in leaf litter. All I eat is fungus. I am rarely seen by humans, but when I am,
my most distinctive feature is a tiny, lantern-like red flower. No one is quite sure where to put me in the taxonomic table, but for now I am classified as a Thismia. What am I?

The world is full of weird plants, and the fairy lantern (Thismia rodwayi) is just one of them. For more weirdness, see Tim Entwisle’s story in the August issue of the magazine.