Phallus impudicus

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Phallus impudicus

29 October 2007 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Stinkhorn

Fruiting Body

Egg shaped when young, then upright, phallic, head honeycombed and coated in a foul smelling and sticky spore laden green slime, stem tapered, white, about 10 to 25 cm high by about 3 to 6 cm across

Flesh

White

Smell

Strong and unpleasant

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

In deciduous and coniferous woods, on dunes, and in gardens

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal (3.5-4) x (1.5-2) µm2

Edibility

The egg stage is edible but not recommended. It is claimed by some to be an aphrodisiac, no doubt due to the phallic shape of the mature fungus.

Notes

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

Additional Photographs

Phallus impudicus

October 2004 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin