This odd character lacks photosynthesis, smells like feces, and was named after its fungus like resemblance. Yet this odd character is no fungus, it is a parasitic plant. For most of its life Hydnora africana resides under the soil in Africa. There it grows stealing the nutrients directly from the roots of other plants. When it is ready to flower it pops up from the ground luring dung beetles into its cavity for pollination. Interestingly, some research suggests that there is a temperature rise within the flower; likely as a way to heighten its stench. Eventually Hydnora africana opens up (as seen above) allowing the beetle to escape, and spreading the plants pollen.
: "Hydnora Africana." Botanical Society of America. Accessed June 13, 2016. http://botany.org/Parasitic_Plants/Hydnora_africana.php.
: Campbell, Dana. "Jackal Food - Hydnora Africana." Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed June 13, 2016. http://eol.org/pages/5514361/details.