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Fungal Beauty

Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra

Found quite often in wood chip mulch, the starfish fungus (aseroe rubra) fully deserves its common name “anemone stinkhorn”. The brown spore masses on the ‘tentacles’ ooze a distinctly fecal aroma, making these pretty pictures ideal illustrations for the City Daily Photo theme of May: “Smell”. Many more images describing olfactory sensations may be found here.

Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra


  1. It looks otherworldly. You’ve chosen well for the theme!

  2. It looks like it feeds on insects that unwarily fall into its “pot”, Paul. How absolutely wonderful is nature!

  3. What a beauty! Looks like an octopus made out of chicken feet. Mmm those brown splodges of gunk look interesting.

  4. I’m sure you will be the only lone with this for the theme! Good one!

  5. It looks like it could be an alien life form. An excellent theme entry!

  6. The colour contrast makes for a very vivid snapshot. Very interesting textures, too.

  7. What an apt name! It so looks like a starfish…except for that brown stuff. I can well imagine it’s not a pleasant scent. Nice choice.

  8. Quite extraordinary. Looks amazing.

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