Dog Stinkhorn

Mutinus caninus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Dog Stinkhorn Mutinus caninus (Huds.) Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body initially 1–2cm across, egg-like, more cylindrical than Phallus impudicus (above), semi-submerged and whitish-yellow, ruptured by stalk-like receptacle, 10–12cm high; pale yellow-buff to bright orange; hollow, pitted; narrow, conical, orange-red head is covered in dark olive slime, which contains the spores and has a very slight sickly smell. Spores 4–5Γ—1.5–2ΒΌ, oblong; pale yellow. Habitat in leaf litter in woods and on woodchip mulch; summer to late autumn. Common. Not edible.

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