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.


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…


You can see previous photos of the week here.