While out walking in the New Forest this morning I came across a weird plant. It had 5 red, spongy tentacles coming from the base, each about 3 inches long. Flies were buzzing in and out of the centre and it was stinky. Close by were a few gelatinous-looking egg-shaped bulb things and a few feet away was another red tentacle plant. It looked like a star fish or an anemone, but it was out on the heath. The closest thing I can find online is an octopus stinkhorn. It can't be, can it? Whatever it is, should I inform the rangers?
From your description it certainly sounds like it and the "gelatinous-looking egg shaped bulb things" (a great description) will be more destined to emerge. It is a species recorded in the New Forest and always worth reporting as they are spectacular. Do you fact revisiting and posting some images?
Thank you for your reply. I did go back again this morning and saw quite a few more and felt very much as though in a bad B movie! Honestly, they are fab but very triffid-like. I had trouble getting photos to load yesterday but will try again.