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: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
: Plants
: 2004-11-26
: Fungi
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: 2004-11-26 5:20
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Felipe has already done an excellent post on this strange fungus. It is of the family Clatraceae and is one of a group of fungi called Stinkhorns.
They come in many shapes and colours,including white geodesic cages called basket fungi,and netted stinkhorns which are fungi,with skirts of fine netted material.
This particular one,Clathrus archeri,the Octopus Stinkhorn,is particularly nasty.It is around 10cms tall,and smells like the worst kind of excrement.It is totally disgusting.
I was called out to Southwell school in Hamilton today,where they had had a serious plague. The flower beds around the school were all full of them.
The smell in the school was unbearable even with all the windows closed.When they collected them,they filled two fourty-four gallon drums!
Stinkhorns are the fruiting bodies that sprout up from underground rhizomes,grown from spores.
It is basically a fancy puffball,which swells,splits,and grows tentacles.
New spores are deposited on the sticky arms of the fungi,which are spread by flies attracted to the smell of decay.
Apparently,these can be eaten when in the unpuffed 'egg' stage...I can't imagine who by!
I show another view of it in Workshop.
I hope you like

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To extramundi: classifungifyingLordPotty 1 11-26 18:13

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Great shot very good perspective, and colors.
Well done

Fabulous subject, very impressive, looks like the buried claw of a vulture...

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-26 6:14]

Otra asombrosa muestra de la variedad de hongos de tu tierra Steve.
Colorido y extraa forma como caractersticas principales para esta presentacion de gran nivel.
Adecuado POV, DOF y encuadre.

Another amazing sample of the variety of fungi of your country Steve.
Colorful and strange form like basic characteristicses for this presentation of great level.
Adequate POV, DOF and frame.

Another great NZ fungi, you have knack for shooting disgusting life-forms (ha ha). Good POV and DoF, but I'm glad we can't smell it.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2004-11-26 6:46]

It is very rare fungi, but also found in Europe [for example in Southern Poland]. Its strange look caused to create some folk's legends about hand of Devil or similiar stuff. Very good picture, good composition and colours.

Steve, This is a great shot with an excellent POV & details. Good light too! ;-) Well done!

First word I said when I saw the thumb nail to view this image was "Cool."
Excelent shot and composition. I've noticed your photography is improving as view more of your work.
Well done


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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-26 12:58]

Steve, you never fail to impress me with this fungi in NZ. Very good and informative post. I'm glad I don't have to get my nostrils near to them. Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-26 15:04]

I was going to say the same as Radu!

Great post Steve, very weird looking thing, unreal. Thanks for posting.

Very nice to see that I am not the only one who had to suffer the smell of this ones to take a good shot :DDD
I wanted to tell you that this one is different than the one I posted, and that although a lot of clasifiers do not make a difference, others dont include this into the archery family. If you look carefully, you can see that each arm is made from two separate ones, divided at the top, and that spores are placed only at the bottom of the arms. Very similar, but not the same.

I never heard of them, or saw them before. I had voodoo lillies in pots,at the farest corner of my garden when I had a huge house (long ago), they entice flies, with a smell that flies love. To be polite, rotten meat has been compared to it, but I think it is even worse than that. The plant turns towards the smell of raw meat, if you are cooking..... gave my freinds the creeps. I never saw the plant you picture anywhere. That is really interesting, excellent photo!.

on what planet have you took this mushroom, in you press you could not miss it, very great shot Steve, contrast and sharpness

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-27 22:49]

EEW! this belongs in a horror moview. It is fugly, but you captured it very well. Nice note too.

Thanks for posting

A real stinkhorn. A real sharp photograph and vivid colour too. Great work.

This is probably one of the strangest fungi that I have ever seen. Very interesting photo and very good note to complement the photo. Great post!

Well I have first hand experience of Stink Horns at my place of work. They take some getting rid of and in numbers can make your garden a most unpleasant to visit! I have to say that your wonderful picture is as near as I would like to get to them. It made great reading adding to the interest of your subject. Well done!

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