Saturday, August 22, 2015

Clathrus Archeri

Clathrus archeri

Red claw emerges
From the barren field
Clutching for life

When it come to creepy looking plants, Clathrus archeri has creeps to spare. Commonly known as Devils Fingers (or the rather less scary name of Octopus Stinkhorn), it is a native to Australia and Tasmania, although it has become an introduced species in Europe, North America and Asia. The young fungus erupts from a partly buried white ball known as a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top.

The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. 
In maturity it smells of putrid flesh and thereby attract flies which unwittingly spread the spores and therefore proliferate the species ~ Bernard

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