|Aseroe Rubra emerging from the palm mulch|
|The fruiting body “hatches”|
|I love the translucent jelly with the spiralling membranes!|
|Apparently the brown slime smells like rotten flesh…|
|Flies are attracted to it and spread the spores|
|I like the fact that it adds colour in the winter garden|
I found these lurking in the palm mulch: just the occasional one at first, but in the cooler weather they’re popping up all over the place. A quick search of Australian mycology websites revealed that they are a common stinkhorn called Aseroe Rubra. These, and the delicate nests of Cyathia Novae-Zealandaes, are decorating my garden in the cold! Since I don’t put my nose up next to them I haven’t noticed the alleged stink, and they don’t harm the surrounding plants.