Oops! Naughty Nature

There is a smell that pervades the damp woods at this time of year. And those with keen noses are liable to stumble upon one of Nature’s naughty secrets.

Stinkhorn 1

One of the easiest fungi to recognise. The Stinkhorn: Photo 8 October 2018

Though it’s called a ‘stinkhorn’, I don’t find the smell at all offensive. For me, it’s redolent of the autumnal woodland.

stinkhorn 2

Stinkhorn smothered in itsΒ  stinky slime: Photo 8 October 2018

The stinkhorn uses the smell of its slime to attract flies which then, slimed-up, carry away its spores. This one thinks it’s Adam. But Adam had a fig leaf, not a flimsy fern.

stinkhorn 3

Oops, embarrassing: Photo 8 October 2018

Easy to see with this flaccid specimen how spongelike the stinkhorn’s shaft. Well, if you’re going to mimic, you may as well mimic all the way.

Nature is nature; no intent to offend.

About crispina kemp

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16 Responses to Oops! Naughty Nature

  1. Judy says:

    Well one cannot deny the obvious can one? We can consider it a priapic ornament of the forest.

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  2. Dale says:

    I am killing myself laughing here, Crispina! Mimic indeed… still chuckling…

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  3. Brian Bixby says:

    β€œI’m melting, I’m melting!”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Joy Pixley says:

    The photos are wonderful, but your commentary is even better! Poor flaccid mushrooms… πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 2 people

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