Photo of the Week – Smooth Cage fungus (Ileodictyon gracile) near Lake Mundi, Vic

23 Jul 2016 Photo of the Week – Smooth Cage fungus (Ileodictyon gracile) near Lake Mundi, Vic

Have a look at one of the strangest fungi you’ll see… the smooth cage (Ileodictyon gracile) is a stinkhorn fungus that emerges from an egg-like sac, into a ball-shaped structure that can roll along the ground! The spores are found on the inside of the cage.

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Smooth cage fungus (Ileodictyon gracile)

Keep an eye out in woodland after heavy rain, but they can pop up anywhere – from national parks to suburban backyards. Like many fungi, they’re unpredictable, but it makes it all the more exciting when you find one…

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You can see previous photos of the week here.

Jonathan Tuck
Jonathan Tuck
jonathan.tuck@natureglenelg.org.au