Langsdorffia are a genus of flowering plants in the family Balanophoraceae, native to Central America, South America, Madagascar and New Guinea. They are parasites on the roots of other plants, with no chlorophyll or stomata of their own.[3][4][5]

Planta parasita de raiz, Langsdorffia hypogaea.jpg
Langsdorffia hypogaea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Santalales
Family: Balanophoraceae
Genus: Langsdorffia

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  • Senftenbergia Klotzsch & H.Karst.


Currently accepted species include:


  1. ^ Mém. Mus. Hist. Nat. 8: 429. 1822 [18 Nov 1822] (1822)
  2. ^ "Langsdorffia Mart". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ Cardoso, Leandro Jorge Telles; Válka, Ruy José A.; Alvarenga, João Marcelo A. (2011). "A New Species and a Key for Langsdorffia (Balanophoraceae)". Systematic Botany. 36 (2): 424–427. doi:10.1600/036364411X569606. S2CID 86579953.
  4. ^ Thorogood, Chris. "Langsdorffia : Creatures from the deep?". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ Yirka, Bob. "An overview of the parasitic plant Langsdorffia". Retrieved 6 August 2020.