Stinkhorn - Phallus impudicus


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

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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