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Anemone Stinkhorn

Aseroë rubra

Podaxis pistillaris
Anemone Stinkhorn
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Anemone Stinkhorn • Aseroë rubra
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.

Common name Where Found
Anemone Stinkhorn
Sea Anemone Fungus
Starfish Fungus
Widespread throughout south-eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales and Victoria, down through Tasmania. It also occurs in alpine grasslands and woodlands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Homobasidiomycetes
Order: Phallales
Family: Phallaceae
Genus: Aseroë
Species: A. rubra
Bionomial name: Aseroë rubra
Anemone Stinkhorn • Images
Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007
Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007
Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007 Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007
Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroë rubra) © Dorothy Latimer, October 2007    

Anemone Stinkhorn • Other links

The Biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain
Includes image of  Anemone Stinkhorn.
Fungimap
Aseroe rubra.
 
 

Source:
1. Aseroë rubra. (2008, February 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:34, February 10, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Asero%C3%AB_rubra&oldid=188676773

 

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