This weird looking "thing" is a native fungus that rots down litter on the forest floor. A globular egg-like structure on the soil gives rise to a large fleshy tube, up to 100 x 30 mm. The tube ends in a horizontal ring, up to 120 mm in diameter, of bright
red "tentacles", arranged in up to 10 pairs. In the centre is an annulus of sticky dark brown slime that contains the spores. The slime has a faecal or sewage odour to attract flies for spore dispersal.
The main flower colour is other. A red starfish shape accompanied by unpleasant odour.
Created: 12 Dec 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 18 Dec 2014 - Member - John and Val
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