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14 bizarre and beautiful mushrooms

April 17, 2014, 2:54 p.m.
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Clathrus archeri

Known as the octopus stinkhorn, this odd mushroom is native to Australia and Tasmania. The slender pinkish arms, usually four to seven in number, erupt from an egg-like structure. When they unfurl, they are covered with small masses of spores called gleba. Though it looks neat, you don't want to be near it when it matures -- it smells of rotting flesh.