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Amazing looking fungus. Bright red paired tentacles with a spongy white cylindrical stalk. Spore mass is in the centre of the tentacles and looks olive brown and slimy. Doesnt smell too good! Whole fungus emerges from an 'Egg' like body. Also known as the flower fungus and anemone fungus for obvious reasons. The species can be quite variable in its fruiting body from short thick tentacles to long fine ones.
Found in leaf litter and wood-chip mulch near Lake Karapiro in the North Island of new Zealand.
This fungus really looks like a cross between a 'Triffid' and something out of 'Alien'. I have taken a series of a few bodies showing the emerging process. Image #3 shows the egg, emerging and maturing body together. Enjoy!