Clathrus archeri Phallaceae Devil's Fingers

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Clathrus archeri, Devil's Fingers. This species of fungus has recently arrived in the British Isles from the antipodes, and is so far only found in the south of England. There are one or two possible records in Guernsey and Herm before 2006, but these photos sent to the Records Centre by Peter Warry were uncontestable! Several specimens appeared in his garden this year (2006). The fungus is related to the commoner Red Cage, but opens up into a star shape. It "hatches" out of a creamy coloured egg like the latter species. It will probably spread to other gardens, so watch out St Martins!

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