Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stinkhorn 2

Stinkhorn fungus.FZ200

Your scarlet arms
And vile discharge
Attract the unattractive

The fruiting body of a stinkhorn fungus emerges from the ground as an egg-like structure. It then splits open, revealing a stalk with a number of coloured arms. This species, Anthurus archeri, is growing in a clump of moss in native forest. Stinkhorn fungi produce a smelly mucus mass full of spores at the base of their arms. Flies feed on the stinking mucus and in so doing help to spread the spores. ~ Bernard

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