Mushrooms have long held a mystical allure, their peculiar shapes and colors often evoking curiosity and wonder. But what if we told you that there is a world of mushrooms beyond the ordinary? A realm where mushrooms resemble sinister hands reaching up from the earth, others mimic the wild manes of lions, and some even glow mysteriously in the dark.
In this blog post, we're diving deep into the fascinating realm of strange mushrooms – a collection of peculiar fungal wonders that challenge our perceptions of what mushrooms can be. From the eerie Clathrus Archeri, often dubbed as "Devil's Fingers," with its hand-like structure breaking through the ground, to the visually striking and potentially beneficial Hericium erinaceus, known as "Lion's Mane," we will explore a variety of extraordinary fungi.
Clathrus Archeri (Devil's Fingers)
This mushroom looks like something out of a horror movie. It has a red or orange structure that resembles a hand bursting from the ground.
Rhodotus palmatus is a type of inedible mushroom native to deciduous forests in Eurasia and North America, living on the rotting trunks of trees. Its rubbery cap ranges in colour from light pink to peach with white wrinkles on the surface.
Entoloma hochstetteri (Blue Mushroom)
Native to New Zealand, this mushroom is bright blue and has a striking appearance. It is not only unusual in color but also beautiful in its own way.
Phallus indusiatus (Bamboo Fungus)
This mushroom has an elegant and almost surreal appearance, with a long, slender stem and a delicate, lacy "skirt" that hangs from the cap.
Mycena chlorophos (Chlorophyll Mushroom)
This small mushroom glows in the dark. It's a rare and enchanting sight to see these mushrooms emitting a soft green glow in the forest.
Laccaria amethystina is a small, brightly coloured, edible mushroom that grows in deciduous and coniferous forests, especially in Central and South America. Because its bright amethyst colour fades with age and depending on the weather, it becomes difficult to identify, hence the popular name ‘amethyst deceiver’.
Hydnellum peckii (Bleeding Tooth Fungus)
Aptly named, this mushroom appears to "bleed" a reddish liquid. It has a macabre beauty that captures the imagination.
Myriostoma coliforme (Basket Stinkhorn)
This mushroom resembles a wicker basket or bird's nest. It has a unique and intricate structure.
Marasmius haematocephalus is a rare, small, inedible mushroom with a thin, dark pink, lamp-shaped cap, found mainly in North America.
Aseroe rubra (Anemone Stinkhorn)
The Anemone Stinkhorn looks like a bizarre red or pink sea anemone sprouting from the ground. It emits a foul odor to attract flies for spore dispersal.
These mushrooms showcase the incredible diversity and beauty found in the fungal kingdom, with shapes, colors, and structures that are both unusual and captivating. Remember that while many of these mushrooms are visually striking, not all of them are edible, and some may even be toxic, so it's important to exercise caution and not consume wild mushrooms without proper identification and expertise.