AseroŽ rubra 1
AseroŽ rubra, "Red Starfish Fungus", native to Australia, a debris-rotting fungus common in forest litter and garden mulch, often in groups. It was the first fungus recorded in Australia. The base is a fleshy, pink tube, up to 80 x 30 mm, arising from an initial pale egg-like globular structure on the soil. At the top is a horizontal ring, to 130 mm diam., of tapering bright red "tentacles", aranged in up to 10 spindly pairs. In the centre is an annulus of sticky dark brown slime containing the spores. The slime has a faecal or sewage odour to attract flies for spore dispersal. Coffs Harbour, 2010.
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