As an amateur fungi spotted I was thrilled to spot a myriad of different fungi last Friday, including a fungi I had been wishing to see for a long time – the red star shaped Aseroë rubra, a stinkhorn fungus. A picture of this species is on the back cover of A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia by A. M. Young, which I borrowed from the university last year to help identify fungal species I has observed. I had thought, “how cool would it be if I could see a specimen of this species.” And last week, I had the opportunity to observe about four specimens in a flower bed at my work. When photographing the specimens and other fungi in the same flower bed, I noticed a strong unpleasant odour, likely to be from the fungi. I also observed flies on and around the specimen, presumably attracted by the foul smell.
Reference – Young, A. M. (2005) A Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia