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 .
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