DOG STINKHORN

Mutinus caninus
STINKHORN FAMILY (Phallaceae)

Description
This fungus starts out as a white to pink or purplish egg. The mature form is spike-like 2-6” in height with a slightly swollen tip. It has greenish slime covering the top part of long, tapered, pinkish, stalk like mushroom with a whitish cup about the base. It has a fetid odor. It is hollow and spongy.

Occurrence
It grows alone or in groups in gardens, flowerbeds, meadows, lawns, wood chips, and cultivated areas as well as in hardwood forests. This fungus is often seen in the summer and fall. In Fontenelle Forest it likes to grow on wood chips laid down on trails. Two were found in the butterfly garden at Neale Woods in June, 2010. One of them is shown in E.

Comments
It grows alone or in groups in gardens, flowerbeds, meadows, lawns, wood chips, and cultivated areas as well as in hardwood forests. This fungus is often seen in the summer and fall. In Fontenelle Forest it likes to grow on wood chips laid down on trails. Two were found in the butterfly garden at Neale Woods in June, 2010. One of them is shown in E.

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