macro of a weird toadstool. never seen one like this before. taken at golden beach. caloundra.
The first native Australian fungus to be formally described, Aseroë rubra was collected in 1800 in southern Tasmania and named by the French botanist Jacques Labillardière. The scientific name is derived from the Ancient Greek words Asē/αση ‘disgust’ and roē/ροη ‘juice’,1 and the Latin ruber ‘red’.23 It is a member of the stinkhorn family Phallaceae though has been placed by some mycologists in a separate family Clathraceae. Like them it bears its spores in a brownish slime which smells of feces or carrion and attracts flies, which spread the spores.