July 3, 2014
The mature form of Clathrus crispus is beautiful–this is, before it begins to break down and exposes its foul-smelling, spore-containing gleba. Species in the Clathrus genus compose the group of fungi known as “stinkhorns,” but they don’t being to smell until they are ready to disperse their spores. The “eggs” illustrated above contain the entirety of the fruiting body.
Clathrus volvas are considered edible before the stinkhorn proper emerges. They are not, however, considered desirable.
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