Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra)
This unique and bizarre looking fungi is commonly called the ‘anemone stinkhorn’
or ‘sea anemone fungus’.
It gets is common name from its shape and is recognisable for the foul odour,
imitating carrion, enabling it to propagate its spores via flies.
It begins as a partly buried white egg shaped fungi, and like the movie
‘Alien’ bursts open as a short hollow white stalk with pink to reddish
tentacles. There are six to nine tentacles that mature into a red star-shaped
structure covered in brownish slime that smells of rotting meat.
It is often found growing in gardens, on mulch and grassy areas.