Brides Veil Fungus by panvorax

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15 cm tall, beautiful, delicate and eye-wateringly smelly. The brides veil, otherwise known as the stink horn, emits a stench like a combination of road kill and durian to attract the flies which are responsible for moving it’s spores around the forest. This one was found in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia.


  • caradione
    caradioneabout 5 years ago

    this is one amazing piece of fungus… i have never seen anything like it thanks for sharing it… wow

  • Cheers caradione, I love your monkeys!

    – panvorax

  • schizomania
    schizomaniaabout 5 years ago

    seen this on Planet Earth once but they didn’t explain what it’s purpose is. Now I know!

  • A little more on it if you like… The emission of the vile stench is aided by the lace skirt through which the breeze easily passes, thereby loading the air with the pong. The brown cap produces it’s spores in a sticky mucous which adheres to the feet of the insects that land on it. Most other fungus simply release dry spores into the air.

    – panvorax

  • constantchaos
    constantchaosabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful. It reminds me of Radiolarian’s. Have you ever seen the drawings of Earnst Heackel. They are gorgeous and delicate just like this. I never fail to be amazed by the beauty and design we see in the natural world.

  • Earnst Heackel of the “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”, quote. Very interesting character that one. He’s right up there with Wallace and Darwin in my book. And I love his drawings too. Cheers, Constantchaos.

    – panvorax

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely incredible !!

  • Yves Rubin
    Yves Rubinabout 5 years ago

    Strong image in every way, beautiful composition and colors. The tones are just right throughout.

  • Richard Keech
    Richard Keechabout 5 years ago

    Great shot
    I have a similar one but i didn’t know what it was called

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