penis shaped mushrooms

The common stinkhorn, Phallus impudicus, is an ubiquitous fungus belonging to the Phallaceae (stinkhorn) family. It is distinguished by its vile odor and, when mature, its phallic shape, the latter of which gave rise to various names in 17th-century England. It’s a widespread mushroom in Europe and North America, where it grows in woody environments like woodlands and mulched gardens. It can be found from late summer through late October. With a slimy, dark olive-colored conical head, the fruiting structure is tall and white. This material, known as the gleba, holds the spores and is conveyed by insects drawn to the odor, which has been characterized as smelling like carrion. Despite its unpleasant odor, it is usually not harmful, and young mushrooms are eaten.

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