Observation 117725: Clathrus ruber P. Micheli ex Pers.
When: 2012-11-21
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Clathrus ruber (紅籠頭菌)’s most pivotal feature is its smell coming from its fruiting body, which attracts insects. The book The Transactions of the American Medical Association, Volume 7 says that it is poisonous. Eating it while raw causes loss of the use of his speech, and a state of stupor.

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This is the young phase of Clathrus ruber. During that phase, the center of the “bird cage” is filled. Almost no insect attractant was synthesized in that phase.
This is the broken fruiting body. At this phase, the core has been empty and the reddish-brown stinky liquid begins to attract insects by its smells.
This is a small piece of broken fruiting body under dissecting scope. The fruiting body is super porous.
These black ovals are basidiospores under microscope with 100x phase. I mounted the stinky brown liquid inside the fruiting body in 1% tween to receive this image.

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