A widely distributed fungus that has a tall whitish stem with a rounded greenish-brown gelatinous head that turns into a foul-smelling slime containing the spores.
- Family Phallaceae, class Gasteromycetes: many species, including the common European Phallus impudicus.
- The source of the odor - enough to send even the most ardent picnickers packing - is the slimy, greenish brown matrix (seen here on the arms of the stinkhorn), which houses the spores.
- A stinkhorn is perhaps the most repellent fungus there is, which is saying something.
- The service is performed for stinkhorns by flies, which are attracted by the smell of rotting carrion which they emit and which accounts for ‘stink’ in their name.
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