16 responses to “Cynomorium coccineum”

  1. J

    WOW! Between that incredibly unusual plant and
    the “fantastically phallic” comment,
    i almost shot coffee all over
    my keyboard via my nose!

  2. fotrristi

    The botanical world is full of oddities. Thanx for presenting this one!! Fantastic!!

  3. Ingrid Hoff

    The Asian counterpart to this plant, Cymomorium songaricum which is native to the desert zones of Western China and parasitizes the roots of Nitrarias, is being actively studied by researchers at the Inner Mongolian University for it’s potential anti-aging properties.

  4. Katy S

    Top photo and description. Thanks Jackie.

  5. Janet A.

    What a fascinating plant! I enjoyed the link to the Parasitic Plant Connection.

  6. Knox

    Very interesting. But, I miss Beverley’s phoentic pronunciation of both ‘Tarthuth’ and Cynomorium.

  7. Beverley

    Knox – I am sorry but my limited reference sources do not cover your request!

  8. Michael F

    Cynomorium: ‘Kine-o-morium’.
    Sorry, don’t know about Bedouin pronunciation of Tarthuth.

  9. Fawad Khan

    Tarthuth: Tar-tooth with all soft t’s

  10. Denis

    Outstanding photograph of a plant that would make a good bit of background for a science fiction movie.
    Thanks for sharing this photograph.

  11. Mario Vaden

    Although it’s different from mushrooms, it’s shape reminds me of morel mushrooms.
    From what you shared, I’d guess that it might be very hard to transplant. Anyone know?
    But if it needs a host plant to live on, does that mean it has to germinate on a host plant? Or can it grow, and then afterward attach to a host?

  12. ingrid

    Fascinating and beautiful. Two of my interests come together – sand dune flora and parasitic plants. Thanks so much, I’d not come across this amazing red spike before.

  13. Andrea

    So does the name mean “dog mulberry” (cyno=dog, morium like Morus, mulberry)?

  14. bharat

    It is very uncommon plant having halophytic, parasitic, medicinal property.THANK you for your write up

  15. juan carlos rubio

    We have about 100 hectars with cynomorium coccineum in central Spain, a rarity, at the side of a medieval castle, which history is connected to Malta’s Fungi (Gonzo). I have even tried the cyno and hope to be able to finish the book I started writing about this amazing plant years ago.

  16. Jo

    It grows on Malta as well, htey call it General’s Root
    Check this out:
    http://www.maltawildplants.com/CYNM/Cynomorium_coccineum.php
    Snip:
    “The vernicular name ‘Maltese Fungus’ is a misnomer both because the species is a plant (not a fungus) and also as it gives the impression that it is a species endemic to Malta, but actually it is distributed in several Mediterranean countries as well in Asia.
    The plant has been proteceted from public collection for very long time ago. Historical records mentions that in the 17th century, only high members of the Order of St. John could collect and make use of the medicinal virtues of the plant, while public caught in possession of the plant would have been sent in prison.”

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