Observation 110884: Phallus impudicus L.

When: 2012-09-22

Collection location: Roberts Property, Cumberland Co., Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

Who: Steve Roberts (Mushroom World)

No specimen available

only one specimen -in the “egg” stage
in mixed woods, mostly hardwood, on top of the ground (non of it submerged)
mild odor

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I have eaten Phallus eggs before
By: Steve Roberts (Mushroom World)
2012-09-24 22:41:44 PDT (-0700)

but can’t seem to muster up the courage this time. The specimen is still sitting in the refrigerator in a waxed bag. If it’s medicinal, perhaps that could give me a bit more incentive!

There is.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-24 22:30:25 PDT (-0700)

Apparently this fungus is used medicinally in China and SE Asia. I forget who said that. Could have been Christopher Hobbs, Paul Stamets, or David Arora.

differentiating P. impudicus vs. P. ravenelii in the egg stage
By: Steve Roberts (Mushroom World)
2012-09-24 20:54:38 PDT (-0700)


Thanks for the comments. I wondered if there might be a way to tell the two apart when in the egg stage.


By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-23 09:02:53 PDT (-0700)

fungi found above ground called epigeous
fungi found at ground called erumpent
fungi found below ground called hypogeous

Not P. ravenelii I think.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-23 09:00:57 PDT (-0700)

If you look at other obs. here, P. ravenelii typically has a columella extending thru the gleba, even when in egg stage. P. ravenelii should have a more brown or even blackish spore mass. I think P. impudicus a good match for green gleba.

Created: 2012-09-22 22:00:59 PDT (-0700)
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