December 8th, 2008

Evil Grin

Zombie hand mushroom

I posted this on my much smaller community mycology but it was so WTF that I felt it had to end up here:
A friend sent me this. Apparently this guy in the Philippines found this. I'm fairly sure it is some type of stink horn but holy crap, its freaking awesome:


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I can tell its probably some sort of stink horn in the same family as Clathrus columnatus, but holy crap is it freaky. Best of all because of their spore dispersal mechanism that necessitates the attraction of flies to the sticky spores which are then carried off and dispersed on the insect's feet, it even smells like a zombie hand

Score another over 9000 cool points for fungi.
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