Stinkhorn - Phallus impudicus

    Description

    Fruiting body is egg shaped when young, usually buried just under the leaf litter. It then grows upright, phallic, head honeycombed and coated in a foul smelling and sticky spore laden green slime which is quickly removed by visiting flies, leaving only the white honeycomb visible. Stem tapered towards the top.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Coniferous and deciduous woods, and other wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Most likely to be found in summer and autumn

    UK Status

    Frequent throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map