8. The Hydnellum Peckii, or ‘bleeding tooth’ mushroom.
… and it’s easy to see why. These guys ‘bleed’ a dark red fluid containing a particularly potent anticoagulant. Scientists have actually compared the ‘puss’ to the prescription drug ‘heparin,’ based on its clotting capabilities.
9. The Gyromitra Esculenta, or ‘brain mushroom.’
Nicknamed for their rather obvious shape, these brown-hued fungi are extremely poisonous when eaten raw! Fully cooked, however, these colorful mushrooms are a modern-day delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the upper Great Lakes region of North America. Pull up a chair and grab a fork!
10. The Aseröe Rubra, or ‘anemone stinkhorn.’
Natives of ‘down under,’ these bright red specimens are often found in Australia and parts of New Zealand. While their ‘arms’ usually appear rather thick, anemone stinkhorns have been identified with thin, stick figure-like stems as well.
11. The Favolaschia Calocera, or ‘orange pore fungus.’
Possibly the prettiest ‘shroom on the list, the orange pore fungus originated in Madagascar before spreading throughout Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Labeled an ‘invasive species,’ this fungus will eventually overtake its habitat while forcing out competition within the food chain.
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