Category: Fungi

Stinkhorn Fungi

Stinkhorn Fungus – Aseroe rubra

Aseroe rubra

This alien thing was a rather surprising find in the garden surounding the frog pond! After a bit of searching through books and fungi sites on the Internet, it had a name. Commonly referred to as Starfish or Anemone Fungus, they love moist mulched gardens. Both these conditions have only recently been satisfied – new mulching around the plants and we’ve had quite a bit of rain. I’ve never seen such a weird thing in any garden anywhere.

Apparently, these fungi produce spore slime, which has an intense smell of rotting meat or sewage. Now I was not going to put my nose anywhere near this brown gooey mess as seen below but I can tell you the flies and insects love it.

Aseroe rubra

For more information and some lovely pics ( I really must get a macro lens for my camera) see this excellent site –
Hunter Valley Backyard Nature – Strange Stinkhorns