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Stinkhorn (Phallas impudicus)
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Stinkhorn (Phallas impudicus)

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Photo taken November 2004

Feels soft due to a jellylike layer just beneath the skin. This later splits at the apex and a thick white hollow stem emerges with the texture of polystyrene and bearing a wrinkled conical, slimy olive green head topped by a small white ring. At this stage the fungi smells bad and attracts flies which eats the spore bearing slime leaving a white honeycomb top.
Found amongst leaflitter in woodlands and gardens. Early summer to autumn. The egg stage (before it smells) can be eaten.

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