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Phallus impudicus - dispersal of spores

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 April 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Phallus impudicus

NL: Grote stinkzwam
EN: Common stinkhorn
DE: Gemeine Stinkmorchel
FR: Satyre puant, Phallus impudique, œuf du Diable

Image: Schilde (BE) - 12/10/2014

Phallus impudicus is a widespread fungus recognizable for its foul odor and its phallic shape when mature. The dispersal of spores is different from most "typical" mushrooms that spread their spores through the air. Stinkhorns instead produce a sticky spore mass on their tip which has a sharp, sickly-sweet odor of carrion to attract flies and other insects as you can see in this image...

Canon EOS 7D 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marie-France from Angers, France

original !***** bon dimanche !

19 Apr 2015 7:58am

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Commonly called Stinkhorn

19 Apr 2015 5:44pm

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

impressionnante cette macro

19 Apr 2015 6:45pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


20 Apr 2015 7:51am

Canon EOS 7D
1/60 second
ISO 200
150 mm