Lewd, Rude and Colorful

June 8th, 2010 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

stinkhorn clusterStriking in appearance, but otherwise unwelcome, the stinkhorns have visited under some of our rhodys. This trio popped up, spent the week smelling a bit, and withered.

They’ll be back. Short of putting non-acid loving plants in the spot and replacing all mulch and top soil, nothing gets rid of this colorful, fetid fungus.

Also known, for obvious reasons, as a penis plant, these visitors don’t serve much use except for a little color. One expert at the University of Wisconsin writes that maybe because of their shape, they are treated as aphrodisiacs in China. Then again, it’s difficult to find plants and animal parts that are not.

This is not the worst variety though. Some literally stink up the neighborhood. These are just mildly unpleasant close up, with a whiff of an animal carcass. However, by the time you see and smell them, the fungus part at the base has already reproduced. The phallus part is really the flower.

I think this is a live-and-let-live situation.

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