Fungus Rock , known as Mushroom Rock ,  and among the Maltese as He-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral (English: The General’s Rock ), is a small islet in the form of a massive 60-meter-high (200 ft) lump of limestone at the entrance to an almost circular black lagoon in Dwejra , on the coast of Gozo , an island in the Maltese archipelago . Fungus Rock is located at 36 ° 02’45 “N 14 ° 11’27” E and falls within the jurisdiction of San Lawrenz .
The Knights Hospitaller is known as Malta Fungus , growing on the rock’s flat top. This plant, which is a kind of parasitic flowering plant , has a fungus , has a repulsive smell. Doctors at the time believed that it had medicinal properties . The Knights used it as a styptic dressing for wounds and a cure for dysentery . The Knights so much that they often gave gifts of Malta to the Maltese islands.
Grand Master Pinto decreed the Rock out of bounds in 1746; trespassers risked a three-year spell as oarsmen in the Knights’ galleys . He posted a precarious cable-car from the rock to the mainland, 50 meters (160 ft) away. He also ordered the sides smoothed to remove handholds.  
Pinto’s efforts have been unnecessary. Pharmacologists are studying the medical effects of “Fucus coccineus melitensis”  today. 
Nowadays, Rock Fungus is a nature reserve. However, the shoreline nearby is accessible to the sea and provides perfect snorkeling .
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- Jump up^ Correctly known asCynomorium coccineum; it is not a Fucus , which is a genus ofseaweed.
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