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14 bizarre and beautiful mushrooms

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

This mushroom is known as the latticed stinkhorn, the basket stinkhorn, or the red cage. It is found growing in leaf litter, on garden soil, grassy places, or in mulches. Though it isn't clear if it is edible, apparently its smell is enough to deter anyone interested in eating it. It puts off a scent similar to rotting meat to attract insects, which help disperse its spores.