Horror fans, rejoice: letâ€™s look at fauna that could easily find a place in the local novelty shop as dismembered human parts. These are not the odd potato or pumpkin the grew into the shape of a butt, but plants and fungi that comes out looking like human bits every single time.
1. Bleeding Tooth FungusÂ
The hood of this type of mushroom comes in various shapes, and oozes a crimson sap that looks scarily similar to blood.
The substance is forced out of capâ€™s pores during the night by excess moisture that builds up in the roots. This only happens when the fungus is young. Another name for the fungus is â€œstrawberries and cream,â€ but donâ€™t eat it.
While it is not poisonous, the peppery, bitter taste makes it inedible. The fungus also absorbs from the environment the heavy element cesium-137, a radioactive isotope that could be toxic at sufficient levels.
2. Girdled Dapperling
Several different mushrooms have caps that look strikingly like human nipples. Many of these belong to the Lepiota genus family.
Lepiota boudieriâ€˜s flesh-white cap gradually darkens from ochre to dark brown in the center. The surface appears almost smooth like skin and covering the surface are thin, brown hairs. When wet, the moisture weighs the cap down so that the stem protrudes, forming a nipple complete with an areola. Of the more than 10,000 mushroom species, 50â€“100 are poisonous to humans.
3. Hooker Lips
Hooker lips is a tree found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America such as Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. From December through March, bright red leaves called bracts that look like puckered lips smeared with lipstick would blossom from the bush.
The ruby colour entices pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. As the bracts open, they reveal small, star-shaped blooms and oval berries.
Despite its creepy appearance that mimics a human’s body part, hookerâ€™s lips (also called â€œhot lipsâ€ or â€œflower lipsâ€) are a popular gift in Central America to express love. The bark and leaves of the tree are used for earaches, skin rashes, and coughs. Panamanian natives used the plant to treat breathing problems.
4. Snapdragon Seed Pod
The snap dragon is an annual flower with dragon-like jaws that snap when the sides are squeezed. It is believed that the snapdragon was originally a wildflower in Spain and Italy, and it has several legends associated with it.
One is that when a woman consumes the flowers, she will possess lifelong youth and beauty. However, this is dangerous since every part of the snapdragon is poisonous.
In late summer, the petals of the blooms wither and die, revealing green seed pods underneath. Over the next month, the pods turn brown and dry until they burst open, scattering the seeds. Frequently, the seeds fall out through three holes at the bottom of the pod, giving it a skull-like appearance.
5. Devil’s Fingers Mushroom
The devilâ€™s fingers or octopus stinkhorn, is a truly creepy mushroom. In its mature form, it has four to eight fingers that are as red as a warning signal that fans out like the shape of an octopus’ tentacles.
These black spheres are called gleba, which emit a rancid smell reminiscent of rotting meat. The gleba attracts flies, which disperse the plantâ€™s spores. The smell explains the â€œstinkhornâ€ part of its name.
Like all stinkhorns, devilâ€™s fingers start life in a white, partially buried, egg-like bulb. When it bursts from the bulb, the fingers are white and look like a corpseâ€™s hand and sleeve rising from the grave. Eventually, the fingers stand erect, rising to 10 centimeters in height and spreading out to 20 centimeters in width. Although it is not toxic, its smell makes it inedible.