Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Zygomycota   Family: Pilobolaceae

Pilobolus crystallinus var. kleinii  (Tiegh.) R.Y. Zheng & G.Q. Chen

Dung Cannon

A tiny fungus that grows on fresh dung, sometimes in large numbers. The long stalk (sporangiophore) has an inflated apex just below the spore capsule (sporangium). When the spores are ripe this pressurised vesicle shoots the sporangium up to two metres, one of the most powerful forces in nature

Chris Johnson