Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are the main body of fungi that commonly grow in soil. Some mushrooms are edible, like the well known Agaricus bisporus, or button mushrooms.
However, some mushrooms are lethally dangerous when taken, like the Anita muscaria or the fly agaric. It looks like the mushroom eaten by a famous video game character because of it’s red top and white spots on its body. But make no mistake, the fly agaric mushroom is toxic.
But the topic of this article is not the toxic mushroom or the edible one. We are going to talk about one of the most peculiar mushrooms that exists on the planet.
This mushroom is the Devil’s Finger.
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The Devil’s Finger or the Clarthus archeri is also known as the octopus stinkhorn.
It boasts three characteristics that are unique to its kind.
First, it is called the Devil’s Finger because of the claw-like tentacles that emerge from its body after sprouting. It has a red or magenta color that attracts flies and other insects. Because of its “beauty” it gets a decent meal every now and then.
Second, it got its other name, Octopus Stinkhorn, because of the tentacles and the stench that comes from the mushroom itself.
A person who would think that this mushroom is edible has to have a really strong stomach.
Lastly and probably the most distinct characteristic of a Devil’s Finger is how and where it grows.
Anyone could mistake a Devil’s Finger for an egg because it grows out from an egg sac.
Its 4-8 tentacles erupt from the egg and when it gets big enough, it falls on the ground.
The mushroom is actually edible, only when it is still inside the egg. In fact, other stinkhorns are delicacies in some countries. But only if you can take its smell.
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The Devil’s Finger can be found in New Zealand or in Tasmania, Australia.