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PHOTOS: The world's weirdest mushrooms


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:47 PM - The mushroom and fungi world is diverse and, at times, downright strange.

There are 5.1 million different (known) species of fungi on the planet, but some of them look like they could be from a whole other world.

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Here are six of them.

1. AMETHYST DECEIVER/LACCARIA AMETHYSTINA

Fast facts

  • Found in deciduous and coniferous forests in Europe, Asia, Central, South, and eastern North America
  • While edible, it can absorb arsenic from the soil
  • Known to botanists since 1778

2. BASKET STINKHORN/CLATHRUS RUBER

Fast facts

  • Found in northern Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America
  • Basket stinkhorn releases a powerful odour that's been compared to rotting meat. The scent helps attract flies and beetles that visit the mushroom and then disperse its spores.
  • Literary references date back to the 16th century

3. VIOLET CORAL/CLAVARIA ZOLLINGERI

Fast facts

  • Has been found on every continent except for Antarctica
  • Almost always found in moss under hardwoods

4. DEVIL'S TOOTH/HYDNELLUM PECKII

Fast facts

  • A funnel-shaped cap "bleeds" a red fluid that contains a pigment knows to have anticoagulant properties
  • Devil's tooth turns brown and looks far less interesting as it ages
  • Commonly found across North America

5. INDIGO MILK CAP/LACTARIUS INDIGO

Fast facts

  • When cut or broken, this species releases a latex substance that's indigo blue. The substance slowly turns green when exposed to air.
  • The species is edible and commonly found in markets
  • Blooming season is between June and November

6. PINK BURN CUP/SCUTELLINIA SCUTELLATA

Fast facts

  • Has been recorded on every continent
  • Often found growing on wood
  • Is commonly overlooked in nature due to its small size

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