Florida: Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom
January 8, 2014 13 Comments
The most incredible mushroom is growing in our backyard here in Florida – the octopus stinkhorn. As you can imagine, it lives up to its “stinky” name, and has arms like an octopus. When I first saw it, I thought it looked like a red starfish with its arms closed together. Now that I know what it is, I need to keep an eye on it and get a better quality photograph than this one taken with my cell phone. The octopus stinkhorn mushroom originally came from Australia, and probably got exported with sheep’s wool. What a neat plant! More info and pictures are at: http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/10/fungtopus-incredible-fungus-that-looks.html.
UPDATE: We saw the Octopus Stinkhorn Mushroom while out hiking at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park – South Entrance trail in December 2014. Pictures 2 and 3 are from that sighting. A mere touch of a finger triggered the mushroom to open.