There are tons of living beings and plants on earth. It is estimated that around 8.7 million of species are living on land and in oceans. However, there are still a lot of them that have not been discovered. Many scientists believed and suggested that only 15% of the 8.7 million species have been discovered.
This leaves us with another 86% of species that have not been discovered yet just like this egg-looking thing here. This strange-looking species is said to be originated from New Zealand and Tasmania, Australia.
It is known as the ‘Devil’s Finger’ and it is a type of mushroom.
Unlike other types of mushroom which sprout from the Earth, Devil’s Finger mushroom starts to grow inside an egg sac and it does not grow on the ground
When it is time to hatch from the egg, 4 to 8 tentacles would usually sprout from the egg sac. These tentacles look just like octopus tentacles!
The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells of putrid flesh.”
This unusual plant sure does not look like any other plants on earth! It has a vibrant colour that is used to attract flies.
According to the Encyclopedia of Life, Devil’s Finger is safe to be consumed when it is still in its egg form. However, it turns inedible when it has hatched and the tentacles have sprouted from it.
Most mushrooms are produced above ground on soil, but devil’s fingers hatch from an egg-like sack — and the hatching process is equally fascinating as it is creepy.
Nevertheless, the mushroom is said to have rotting flesh smell even when it is edible so it will not be pleasant to eat it anyway.
It really is magical! When we first saw the plant, we thought it was from another planet! Devil’s Finger mushroom just proved to us how diverse life on earth is.