Maltese Fungus found by fungi hunters

Take a look at this bunch of weirdos…

Maltese Fungus Cynomorium coccineum

It’s an organism commonly referred to as Maltese Fungus, and from its general appearance you might think it is a relative of the various kinds of earthball fungi (Scleroderma species or Pisolithus species, for example), but no… this strange eruption from dry rocky soil is in fact a plant, and one of the rarest of Mediterranean species. Its scientific name is Cynomorium coccineum, and we found it (with help from our friend Finn Rasmussen, who discovered a colony in the same area a month or so go) on the Algarve clifftops near Albufeira.

Okay, now back to fungi hunting…

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