Mutinus ravenelii


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Mutinus ravenelii (Berk. & M.J. Curtis) E. Fisch. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body initially 1–2cm across, egg-like, semi-submerged; white to rose-pink; ruptured by the spongy, spore-bearing, stalk-like receptacle, 100–180Γ—10–20mm, tapering at apex to an acute point, with small opening at tip; bright carmine-red, fading at base; upper half covered in dark olive to blackish spore mass, which soon liquefies and smells strong, sickly sweet or metallic, but not especially unpleasant. Spores 4–7Γ—2–3ΒΌ, elliptical, smooth; brown. Habitat in leaf litter, woody debris, and rich soil; summer to autumn. Very rare. Said to be edible in egg stage but not recommended.

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