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Name: Phallus ravenelii Berk. & Curt.

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Nomenclature:
Rank: Species
Status: Accepted
Name: Phallus ravenelii
Author: Berk. & Curt.
Citation: Grevillea 11(no. 57): 33 (1882)
Deprecated Synonym(s): Aedycia ravenelii (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Kuntze

Classification: Edit

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Phallales
Family: Phallaceae
Genus: Phallus


Notes on Taxonomy: Edit

The proper author citation should be Berk. & M.A. Curtis

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Brief Description: See More | Edit

Found on decaying wood or around sawdust piles, Phallus ravenelii develops from a pinkish-lilac colored egg-like structure that resembles a small puffball. The egg often has branched rhizomorphs, is gelatinous in the center, and gives rise to a distinct head and stalk. The remains of the egg can be found at the base of the stalk as a volva. The stalk is white to cream colored, spongy, honeycombed, and hollow. The conic head is wrinkled with a dishrag-like appearance. The head has a white apical disc with a mouth like opening. The wrinkled or granular surface eventually perforates to release an olive-green slimy spore mass. This slimy mass emits a putrid odor for which stinkhorns are known for. The smell attracts insects. The spores stick to the insects and are dispersed in this manner.


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First person to use this name on MO: Ron Pastorino
Editors: Nathan Wilson, Erlon

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Last modified: 2011-05-26 12:27:41 CDT (-0400) by Erlon (Herbert Baker)
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