red fungi 6 to 8 inches tall turns black after what looks like flowers open .has lots of white
spoors .best described as looking a bit like
No interactions present.
Not sure that's fungi. Looks more like an inflorescence.
What is it growing on? Looks like a grass, or a crop of some kind. Could this be a parasite such as Striga? This has very tiny seeds that could look like spores.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Hi it was growing on grass not sure its a parasite as it was not anywhere near to a host
it was growing directly out of the ground.
The host could be the grass! Were any parts of this plant green?
No the roots were 6/7 inches under the grass when I dug around the plant it was very red under the surface .as the plant was exposed to the elements it seamed to open up turn black.I will upload some more pics.
Thanks for adding the extra pictures. These prove that this is a plant and not a fungus. If you look at the high res version you can see flowers with 3 anthers. I moved your observation from fungi to plants where it will attract the attention of the right experts.
I am more convinced than ever that what you have here is a parasitic flowering plant. Hopefully someone will be able to pin the ID down more precisely for you.
There is a parasitic plants group on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/parasitic-plants/pool/with/5294032488/
But I cannot see anything exactly like what you have in the images there. The nearest (though by no means the same) is Hyobanche from South Africa. I think your plant is probably in the same family, though. The Orobanchaceae (broomrapes).
Thanks for your help Jonathan hope some more experts can identify.
Please note that there is a Southern African iSpot at http://za.ispot.org.uk where you are likely to get faster and more accurate identification of local species.
Has the subspecies been dropped. The SA plant used to be Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp. sanguinea and the plants from tropical Africa (Zim and northwards) was Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp piriei, but is now called Sarcophyte piriei Hutch.
See here and here
Several issues here.
Firstly, Zim uses Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp. sanguinea (it does not sink the subspecies), even though it does not occur there.
Secondly, it seems very suspicious that Sarcophyte sanguinea (subsp. sanguinea) occurs in ZA and Sarcophyte piriei occurs in Zim and Moz - although both occur in Moz.
Note that Sarcophyte piriei was originally described and then sunk into Sarcophyte sanguinea. I cannot find the reference that reinstated the species.
Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp. piriei. At the time this name was not available here and still not. The long inflorescence branches in the cut open photo is distinctive. There are a number of other differences based on the shape and size of pollen but I cannot remember more. I would prefer to make an inclusive name with a link than a name without. Some websites are still using the older S. piriei.
This ID should then be updated to Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp. sanguinea ?
What are the physical differences between subsp. sanguinea and subsp. piriei ?
Please post ID ...
Sorry, I missed the location of this observation. This is probably more likely to be Sarcophyte sanguinea subsp. piriei.
Have updated the database, but will take a LONG time to get onto iSpot at this rate ...
Lat/Lng: -16.56061, 28.95509