Colus hirudinosus | ©Miguel Olivera

Colus hirudinosus is a stinkhorn whose fruit body consists of red wrinkled arms which may be joined or form a lattice at the top, expanding from a white-skinned gelatinous egg-like receptacle. When mature, the fungus smells foetid and disgusting. The ‘arms’ are fused together at the base and held within the ‘egg’ [source].

Fungi - Basidiomycota - Agaricomycetes - Phallales - Phallaceae - Colus - C. hirudinosus

Phallus indusiatus, Veiled Stinkhorn Fungus, Singapore Botanic Garden by aviac on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
5Nov09 BushPhoto
Veiled Stinkhorn is world wide in warm tropics, living in leaf litter - here in the mulch at Singapore Botanic Garden under large dillenia trees. And yes - it had a rather horrible ‘fragrance’. This image was used on the BOTANY PHOTO OF THE DAY, from the University of British Columbia Botanic Garden, 19Feb14. You can see the page at:…

Clathrus archeri | ©Steve Reekie   (Aotearoa, New Zealand)

A phalloid fungi (Phallales - Pallaceae) commonly known as Devil’s fingers or Octopus stinkhorn, quite distinctive by its form, color and foul-smelling.

Clathrus archeri is native to Australia and New Zealand, and has been introduced in parts of Europe, North America and the United Kingdom.

The Octopus stinkhorn has a gelatinous egg stage from which the fruitbody arises, its four to eight reddish arms each coated with dark, foul-smelling tissue. The unpleasant odor attracts flies which disperse the spores.


Aseroe rubra | ©eyeweed (Near Newcastle, NSW Australia)

Commonly known as the Anemone stinkhorn, Sea anemone fungus and Starfish fungus, Aseroe rubra (Phallaceae) is a common and widespread basidiomycete fungus recognizable for its foul odor of carrion and its sea anemone shape when mature.

This fungus is found in gardens on mulch and in grassy areas, it resembles a red star-shaped structure covered in brownish slime on a white stalk. It attracts flies, which spread its spores.