GAR­DEN STARFISH

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Mush­room-spot­ting de­serves to be­come a more pop­u­lar hobby. Just when cooler, shorter days put paid to but­ter­flies and wild­flow­ers, a host – some 15,000 species – of wild fungi starts to ap­pear in al­most any habi­tat. And they come in all shapes, colours and smells. This ten­ta­cled crea­ture is the starfish fun­gus, also known as the anemone stinkhorn Aseroe rubra. It is found in gar­dens and parks and emits a stench of car­rion to at­tract any flies still around. These then spread its spores on their trav­els.

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