Bridal Veil Stinkhorn

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Seeing a beautiful photograph of this fungus over on the Blog Dadirridreaming written by Christine Whitelaw, I remembered that I had also photographed a large group of these, typically tropical rain forest species, growing on the roadside in Trinity Beach, Queensland, Australia, several years ago. It was a cultivated patch with shrubs and a layer of bark litter on the ground. A hose pipe was in position to automatically water the area.

I was amazed to see these strange phallus-shaped fungi growing in such profusion. Some were specimens fully emerged; and others were still in egg-like structures just protruding from the ground from which new specimens would soon emerge. The last photo (11) in the series of images in this posting shows a double-headed specimen.

These weird and wonderful fungi have been called many things – Bridal Veil Stinkhorn, Long Net Stinkhorn, Crinoline Stinkhorn, Basket Stinkhorn, Veiled Lady, and Bamboo Fungus ….but the Latin name for the fungus is Phallus indusiatus. There is a good and well-illustrated description of the species over on mysabah Blog published by Murphy .

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

Phallus indusiatus growing on the roadside.

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10 thoughts on “Bridal Veil Stinkhorn

  1. Pingback: Wordless Wednesday | dadirridreaming

  2. There’s something quite expressive about these, difficult not to anthropomorphize them, especially when they’re all huddled together like that. Anyway, gorgeous photos, thanks for these.

  3. Thank you, Tentative Plant Scientist. I know what you mean. It’s easy to visualise all sorts of scenarios from these pictures of stinkhorns en masse.

  4. Yes, I’m English and I live in Dorset, England, but I spent six weeks in Queensland and took 8,000 photographs while I was there. I am only now able to sort through them and publish some on my Blogs.

  5. Thanks, Christine. I am retired now and can indulge my love of natural history and photography. My working life was as a research biologist, and I continue to study and learn every day.

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