This creepy round ball was moving in the grass but when it hatches it shocked everyone
The wonders of nature are yet to be discovered and who knows what weird organisms, plants and species may still be lurking out there. A New Zealander was witness to one of nature’s freakish wonders when he found an egg one day in the grass. Only this wasn’t an ordinary egg of some bird, when it hatched it turned out to be a plant.
Yes you heard correctly the egg hatched into a species of mushroom scientifically called clathrus archeri or ‘devils fingers’. It is so known because of its weird shape.
1 More than a plant it looks like an alien species
Clathrus archeri or devils fingers has another name that most suits its looks. It is known as Octopus Stinkhorn because it literally stinks. The plant is native to Tasmania, New Zealand and Australia. Rather than a mushroom it looks like some alien species from another planet.
2 The devils finger unlike normal fungus grows out of a spongy egg
Mushrooms like all fungus usually grow above the ground on soil, tree trunks and decomposing organic plant matter. But this!!! This mushroom was growing inside an egg. During the hatching process it looked like a creepy scene from the movie “invasion of the body snatchers”. Devils fingers pop right out of an egg when it blooms.
3 7 Tentacles erupt as if emerging from the heart of a demon
Devil’s fingers don’t grow in the normal way; the young plant grows inside a cocoon type egg. This isn’t like your usual animal egg made of shell; it is part of the body of the plant within which forms four to seven elongated finger like tentacles.
The giant fingers or arms then emerge from the white cocoon like a demon whose center reveals a pinkish red interior called gleba which is a spongy mass bearing dark olive spores. On maturity and breaking free of itself, it emits a foul odor that resembles rotting flesh.
4 The plant has a putrid rancid odor
Very recently this year, devil’s fingers suddenly became a viral phenomenon all because of its weird looks and methods of growth. People were amazed, awed and thrilled alike at the weird long arms reaching out from an egg like a scene from a horror story.
Call it devils fingers, or octopus stinkhorn the plant is worth watching only from afar because it not only stinks something putrid, it also attracts flies who contribute to the growth of the species by spreading the spores of the plant. Don’t try eating devil’s fingers because it is inedible and anyways why would someone want to eat a plant that smells like hell. Check out the video of the devil finger in action.