These Are Not Human Body Parts – Just Plants and Fungi

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Halloween is just a few days away and if you celebrate the holiday you have probably decorated your house/office and are shopping costumes. However, even if you don’t celebrate it, you would agree with us that these little miracles of nature look creepy and disgusting. These plants and fungi come out looking like human bits every single time.

1 Bleeding tooth fungi

Just the idea of a bleeding tooth sends shivers down the spine. But actually, these aren’t anything else but fungi that look a little different than what we are used to. The hood of Hydnellum pecki comes in various shapes, and when it oozes a red, sticky substance, it could easily be mistaken for a bloody tooth dropped on the ground. The substance is sap, forced out of cap’s pores during the night by excess moisture that builds up in the roots. This only happens when the fungus is young. Another name for Hydenellum pecki is “strawberries and cream,” but don’t eat it. While it is not poisonous, the peppery, bitter taste makes it inedible. The fungus also absorbs from the environment the heavy element cesium-137, a radioactive isotope that could be toxic at sufficient levels.

Bleeding tooth fungi

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