Key to Tasmanian Dicots
Thismia (Burmanniaceae) 4b:423  
Thismia rodwayi (Fairy Lanterns) is one of the most remarkable plants in the Tasmanian flora. It is a saprophyte (i.e. lives on decaying plant material in the soil) related to the orchids. The plant is invisible until it flowers (an uncommon event), at which time it appears as small orange flowers among the leaf litter in wet forest. It is the only species of this family in Tasmania.

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