Stinkhorn mushroom

Stinkhorn mushroom

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Caption: Developing stinkhorn mushroom (Phallus impudicus) seen in section. This is a fruiting body of this fungus, which feeds on decaying vegetable matter and rotting wood. Mature stinkhorns develop from this egg-like object which would be connected to the rest of the fungus by the white strands (lower left). As the hollow stalk (white) grows, it will rupture the gelatinous outer layer (brown) and raise a bell-shaped head up to 25 centimetres above the ground. The head is covered in a foul- smelling slime (black) which gives this mushroom its name. Flies are attracted to the slime and they disperse the spores it contains. Photographed in Hargham Wood, Great Britain.

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