Controversial species of nature
January 29, 2004
Commonly known as a veiled mushroom, this fungi belonging to the genus Phallus is found in the Amazon River basin of northeastern Peru. Some of us might consider it humorous, others a curiosity, and, maybe, some even an obscenity; perhaps, its existence reflects Mother Nature winking at us.

Botanists consider it unique among its group because of its veil-like outer layer. Its "head" is a reproductive structure in which it produces spores.

The mushroom remains erect in the morning coolness of the rain forest, but by late morning it becomes very flaccid and then finally disintegrates. (Photo by S. Timme)

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