IDENTIFIER: EXOTIC FUNGI
Impress friends by adeptly recognising these mysterious plants and secure yourself a reputation as a really fun-guy
An Aussie fungi, found among the roots of gum trees. Sounds anti-establishment but has featured on an Australian stamp.
Poison Fire Coral
A fungi without the fun – it’s caused the deaths of several people in Japan. Thankfully, it’s rather uncommon.
Looks like a teen boy with a love of hair gel. As confusing as a teen, too, its genus causing debate among experts.
This unicorn – presumably named for its elongated point – definitely does exist, across the Americas and in Eastern Asia.
This poisonous but lazy plant grows in houseplants around the world – getting in on the potting compost action.
Pretty but pungent. Known for producing an evil-smelling slime, which attracts flies but, frankly, the rest of us could do without.
When it is an old fungi, it will not wear purple. This Australasian specialty turns pale yellowish as it ages.
The Hairy Tropical Goblet
An outer surface covered with hairs and a goblet-like shape to catch rainwater. Also wins the literal naming competition.
Common but not coarse. With a cap that’s often as thin and translucent as tissue paper, it lives up to its name.