Observation 21308: Phallus rubicundus (Bosc) Fr.

When: 2009-05-17

Collection location: Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA [Click for map]

Who: John S. Harper (jsharper)

No specimen available

Found in wood chips in a childrens play area. Scattered in approximate 6 ft circum area, but some further removed. Many buttons found as well. Removed buttons and transplanted to a bonsai tray with soil. After several days, buttons would matured overnight for several successive days, to full height in morning, wilting and collapsing by evening. Cap draws numerous flies. Odor not strongly unpleasant, but not particularly pleasant either.

Species Lists


Buttons – “witches eggs” – partly protruding from soil, but round, becoming peaked on top immediately before sprouting.

Proposed Names

14% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Miller & Miller, North American Mushrooms (2006)
95% (4)
Recognized by sight: R. elegans tappers to a point and these have a head on the tip.
Used references: Hemmes, Don E. and Dennis E. Desjardin. 2002 Mushrooms of Hawai’i: An Identification Guide. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. 212p.
Horn, B., R. Kay and D. Abel. 1993. A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. 297p.

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Changed to Phallus rubicundus
By: John S. Harper (jsharper)
2009-05-26 13:29:28 CDT (-0400)

Thanks for the correction Jason. I was not aware there was another species so similar to Mutatis elegans – not in my reference texts; but on examining the description at M. Kuo, I agree that Phallus rubicundus seems correct. Will more closely examine the next specimen to look for the pore at the tip and any other distinquishing characteristics.

and maybe don’t plant them directly into your own garden…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-26 10:06:22 CDT (-0400)

really stinky stinkhorns like Clathrus ruber can be invasive, and really put a damper on back-yard picnics!

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-05-26 05:50:09 CDT (-0400)

Yeah, you can replant a lot of mushrooms that grow from “eggs”. Stink Horns of all genera tend to do very well transplanted, and Volvariella and Amanita eggs will also often open and mature after being transplanted! It’s really cool.

Just make sure you plant them right side up!

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-05-25 21:22:00 CDT (-0400)

thats awesome that u replanted them yourself, ill have to remember that trick!

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