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I found this magical fungus, about 10 cm high, in the Boorganna Nature Reserve near the little town of Comboyne, in the mountains of NE New South Wales. The reserve is a patch of subtropical rainforest with walking tracks and a waterfall. The common name of the fungus is stinkhorn, because it emits a foul odour (it was not smelly when I took the photo). A more poetical name is maiden veil fungus. The scientific name is Dictyophora multicolor, if my identification is correct. The horn rises up at night and spreads its veil.

The Boorganna Nature Reserve is a lovely place to visit, but take some salt to dislodge the leeches - they were quite active when I visited. I unwittingly donated a lot of blood to them.

Scanned from a slide. Flash used, as it was overcast and very dark in the forest, even at midday.

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