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Common stinkhorn fungus

Common stinkhorn fungus

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Common stinkhorn fungus (Phallus impudicus). This is the egg, or universal veil, of the fungus, which encloses and protects the immature mushroom. As the mushroom grows it will force its way through the egg's wall. This fungus gets its name from the foul-smelling spore-laden slime on the tip of the mushroom. The smell attracts flies, to which the spores, the reproductive cells, stick and so are dispersed. Photographed in October in Cornwall, UK.

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