Mutinus caninus

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Mutinus caninus

13 October 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Dog Stinkhorn

Fruiting Body

Egg shaped when young, then upright, cylindrical, white to yellow, head reddish and coated in a foul smelling and sticky spore laden greenish slime, about 10 to 12 cm high by about 1 to 1.5 cm across

Smell

Unpleasant, faecal, rather faint

Taste

Unknown

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous and, less commonly, coniferous woods. Also in parks and gardens mulched with wood chips.

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (4-5) x (1-2) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The spores are spread by flies which feed on the green slime.

Additional Photographs

Mutinus caninus

21 October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Mutinus caninus

18 October 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin