Species of ethereal fairy lantern rediscovered in Japan after being presumed extinct for 30 years

The rediscovery of this otherworldly flowering plant illuminates the genus’ mysterious past.

A fungus-like white flower with yellow tips protrudes from the soil
As the moniker fairy lantern denotes, it looks like a tiny lantern that illuminates the dark forest floor. Credit: Photographed by Kenji Suetsugu