March 2006 — Stink Horn Fungues

BY ANGELA HIJJAS

The last month has been stormy at Rimbun Dahan, with rain almost every day.

This Stink Horn fungus was found mid March under a clump of palms. A
saprophytic (parasitic) fungus, it emits an odour that attracts flies that
visit the messy decaying flesh, subsequently helping to disperse the spores.

Order: Pallales
Family: Pallaceae
Genus: Dictyophora (Stink Horn fungi)

(‘A Guide to Tropical Fungi’, Dr. Tan Teck Hoon, Singapore Science Centre,
1990.)