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Monday, 3 June 2013

Red Cage Fungus

Monday Mushroom #50

Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus

I came across this intriguing looking egg like structure pushing up through the leaf mould in a forest in southern France.

Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus

Red cage fungus is related to stink horns - same egg-like, jelly filled ball which the expanding fruiting body bursts out of. The shape and colour of the mature fungus are rather different, though. I couldn't find a mature specimen, but see wikipedia
Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus

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