Dog Stinkhorn - Mutinus caninus

Description

The 'egg' from which the Dog Stinkhorn develops is usually almost completely buried and difficult to find until the stipe emerges from the egg - unlike the Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) whose eggs develop with much more exposed above ground. Dog Stinkhorn is much smaller than the Common Stinkhorn - typically 8 to 15cm tall; stipe diameter is 1 to 1.5cm. The cap is honeycombed beneath the gleba (a shiny, sticky, smelly coating that contains the spores). Once insects have consumed the dark olive gleba, the tip of the fungus turns orange and then the whole fruitbody decays rapidly: there is usually nothing left within three or four days.

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Habitat

Saprobic, found growing in small groups and sometimes in fairy rings, most often in coniferous forests and close to rotting stumps of other sources of well-rotted timber. These fungi sometimes fruit on damp old woodchip mulch in parks and gardens.

When to see it

July to early October in Britain and Ireland.

UK Status

Widespread but occasional in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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