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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Phallales: Phallaceae: Mutinus elegans (Mont.) E.Fisch.

Mutinus elegans – Elegant Stinkhorn

Synonyms: Caryomyxa elegans, Corynites elegans.

Common names: Elegant Stinkhorn, devil's dipstick.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Mutinus elegans, commonly known as the elegant stinkhorn, the dog stinkhorn, faeces carota, the headless stinkhorn, or the devil's dipstick, is a species of fungus in the Phallaceae family. A saprobic species, it is typically found growing on the ground singly or in small groups on woody debris or leaf litter, during summer and autumn in Japan, Europe, and eastern North America. The fruit body begins its development in an "egg" form, resembling somewhat a puffball partially submerged in the ground. As the fungus matures, a slender orange to pink colored stalk emerges that tapers evenly to a pointed tip. The stalk is covered with a foul-smelling slimy green spore mass on the upper third of its length. Flies and other insects feed upon the slime which contains the spores, assisting in their dispersal. Due to their repellent odor, mature specimens are not generally considered edible, although there are reports of the immature "eggs" being consumed. In the laboratory, Mutinus elegans has been shown to inhibit the growth of several microorganisms that can be pathogenic to humans.

French: Satyre élégant, German: Vornehme Hundsrute, Hungarian: Elegáns kutyaszömörcsög.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

Elegant stinkhorn mushrooms (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>, Phallaceae) growing on mulched trees on utility cutting in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2012-12-04.htm">December 4, 2012</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushrooms (Mutinus elegans, Phallaceae) growing on mulched trees on utility cutting in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, December 4, 2012
Location on mapsP4-746, Bryan, TX 77807, USA
Headless stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) growing on mulched trees under power lines in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2013-01-10.htm">January 10, 2013</A>
LinkHeadless stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) growing on mulched trees under power lines in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, January 10, 2013
Location on mapsP4-746, Bryan, TX 77807, USA
Elegant stinkhorn mushrooms (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) growing on mulched trees under power lines in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2013-01-10.htm">January 10, 2013</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushrooms (Mutinus elegans) growing on mulched trees under power lines in Lake Bryan Park. Bryan, Texas, January 10, 2013
Location on mapsP4-746, Bryan, TX 77807, USA
Elegant stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-11-08.htm">November 8, 2017</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, November 8, 2017
Location on mapsAnderson St, College Station, TX 77840, USA
Elegant stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) from wood chips in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-11-08.htm">November 8, 2017</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) from wood chips in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, November 8, 2017
Location on mapsAnderson St, College Station, TX 77840, USA
Close up of elegant stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-11-08.htm">November 8, 2017</A>
LinkClose up of elegant stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, November 8, 2017
Location on mapsAnderson St, College Station, TX 77840, USA
Elegant stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-11-16.htm">November 16, 2017</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, November 16, 2017
Location on mapsAnderson St, College Station, TX 77840, USA
Elegant stinkhorn mushroom (<B>Mutinus elegans</B>) on a lawn near Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-01-18.htm">January 18, 2020</A>
LinkElegant stinkhorn mushroom (Mutinus elegans) on a lawn near Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, January 18, 2020
Location on maps23200 Park Rd, Washington, TX 77880, USA

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