One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fetid-smelling fungus that forms a hollow latticed spherical structure, the inner surface of which bears the spores.
Genus Clathrus, family Clathraceae, class Gasteromycetes
- ‘He brought along an example of the cage fungus Clathrus ruber collected from a garden in Pondwell.’
- ‘Liz tells me that while she and Roy were in Majorca they came across several specimens of the fungus Clathrus ruber, sometimes called the cage fungus.’
- ‘The Clathrus, often known as the Cage fungus because of its cage-like appearance when it opens, has tiny filaments that usually lie underground.’
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