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29 October 2007 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
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
Strong and unpleasant
Summer to autumn
In deciduous and coniferous woods, on dunes, and in gardens
Spores ellipsoidal (3.5-4) x (1.5-2) µm2
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.
The spores are spread by flies which feed on the green slime.
October 2004 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin