Devil’s Fingers

The Devil’s Fingers or Octopus Stink-horn is a Fungus species that originates from Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. It was first recorded in Britain in 1946 in Cornwall and has been spreading across southern England.DSCN9855 (1024x768)DSCN9874 (1024x768)DSCN9873 (1024x768)DSCN9841 (1024x768) DSC_2760 (1024x678)

 

The Fungus first appears as a jelly-like egg from which erupts four to eight red tentacle-like arms or fingers.DSCN9878 (1024x768)DSCN9880 (1024x768) DSCN9883 (1024x768) DSCN9889 (1024x768)

 

The fingers secrete a brown or black slime known as gleba, this foul smelling slime contains the spores of the Fungus and attracts flies which spread the spores.

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Six of these rare Fungi have been found on the Airfield and are unusually late in emerging and have suffered 2 frosts, so may not look their best.

The Devil’s Fingers or Octopus Stink-horn were found by Frances Jordan and Steve Holley, and 3 more found by Mike Harris.

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Copyright-Nick Hollands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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