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13 October 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
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
Unpleasant, faecal, rather faint
Summer to autumn
In deciduous and, less commonly, coniferous woods. Also in parks and gardens mulched with wood chips.
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (4-5) x (1-2) µm2
The spores are spread by flies which feed on the green slime.
21 October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
18 October 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin