Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This mushroom stinks!

A Simply Extra
I smelled it before I saw it...an emerging stinkhorn mushroom on the path around the lake.

Look close and you'll see a fly on the mushroom's gooey, black interior. The black goo is where the spores are. The stinkhorn emit a foul odor that attracts flies.  As flies enter and poke about, they pick up spores eventually dispersing them elsewhere.  It's an effective albeit odoriferous method of fungi reproduction.

To read about another stinkhorn encounter, check out my column entitled, "If you don't know it, don't kick it."

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