What’s that smell?!

A couple of the more unusual fungi shots to share with you from our recent wanderings through Levenmouth woods.  The first, rather aptly named Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) is unmistakable even before you’ve seen it, with an overpowering smell that can be likened only to that of rotting eggs!

Stinkhorn

Stinkhorn

The next, rather unusual looking fungus you could be forgiven for mistaking for a piece of litter.  It is in fact the Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia), which is often seen growing through the path, or on roadside verges.

Orange Peel Fungus

Orange Peel Fungus

Surprisingly, both these species are said in some guide books to be edible, although neither look particularly appetizing to me!  Please note, ALWAYS take great care before consuming any fungus!  Check multiple guide books, and consult mycologists locally.

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Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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