What the heck is this?

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Living in Costa Rica can be like waking up on the set of Avatar or walking out the door into Wonderland. Seriously. Just look at what I stumbled upon the other day while hanging out in Puerto Viejo.

What is this? Is it some type of fungus? Cabbage? Cabbage fungus? I’m so confused.

It’s about 1 foot in diameter and 2 feet tall. It doesn’t stink. The surface is tough, not soft. That’s all I got. If you know, or have a guess, please leave a comment and help me figure this out!

weird fungus plant

What is it?! You can see the stringy internal structure inside the hole up towards the top, just to the right of the center. Besides those skeletal stringy things, it is hollow inside.

weird fungus plant from above

Check out the wrinkly top view!

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6 Responses to “What the heck is this?”

  1. February 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    We called it “Kidaram” flower in Sri Lanka. It’s a rare kind of flower and stink.

    • Erin Morris
      February 7, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      ooo cool. I looked it up and the interwebs says it smells like rotting flesh (!!), but I definitely didn’t smell anything stinky coming from the one I found. I was really close to it, too. Maybe it expelled all its stink? Or maybe it’s a different type that doesn’t smell?

  2. February 9, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Maybe if you touch it, the horrible smell comes out? :) It’s a beautiful flower though. Looks really exotic.
    Julia

    • Erin Morris
      February 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      ewww that’s definitely a mental image from a movie – huge plumes of rotten flesh smoke wafting from the beautiful yet deadly flower after being touched lol

  3. WolfieCR
    February 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    that thing reminds me of a classic sci-fi from the 80s, the invasion of the body snatchers (this was a remake from one in the 50s if I recall correctly)

    bottom line, if it belongs to the vegetable kingdom it will grow here somehow, I’ve been trying to get rid of a few plants in my backyard and the only thing I havent done so far is to use a blowtorch , the @#$@# things keep coming back

    I suppose I could try to plant one of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrion_flower :)

    • Erin Morris
      February 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      You know, I think that it’s the same species as that link you posted.
      I can’t believe it’s a flower, it just looks so weird! My dad and all his science nerd friends ;) are coming to Costa Rica next month, so I’ll make sure to ask them about it.

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