Observation 53135: Phallus Junius ex L.

When: 2010-09-04

Collection location: Aporo, Michoacan, Mexico [Click for map]

19.666709° 100.36944°

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

Specimen available

A stinkhorn with a bright orange stem having the texture of styrofoam. Growing in conifer duff.

Smells really bad, somewhat spermatic.

We fried up some of the eggs and ate them, they taste good and do not have any bad odor or flavor.

Spores cylindrical, 3.5 – 3.9 × 1.4 – 1.6 micrometers.

Species Lists


dried egg
Tip of the stinkhorn (spore slime / basidia), 40x
Spores 1 micron divisions
Spores 1 micron divisions
We fried up the eggs and ate them. Not bad, no foul odor or taste.

Proposed Names

15% (2)
Recognized by sight
30% (4)
Recognized by sight
-8% (2)
Recognized by sight: Name suggested by Don Juve of Veracruz. The reference he provided says the stem can have orange zones, though that feature is not mentioned in other resources.
Used references: http://www.uv.mx/...
Based on microscopic features: Spore size matches, though most Phallus species have very similar spores

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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I know of something else that’s chock full of fiber and low in fat
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-10-21 01:30:08 CEST (+0200)

but only palatable to dung beetles. ;-)

Good for ya
By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
2010-10-20 22:59:24 CEST (+0200)

Stinkhorn eggs are healthy, chock full of nutrient, dietary fiber, low in fat. See for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallus_indusiatus , and link to publication documenting nutritional analysis (Jonathan et al., 2008)

Got to disagree
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-10-20 01:24:09 CEST (+0200)

Funny stuff is a valuable addition to your life. Not to MO.

Twizzler didn’t seriously accuse you of trolling, he’s allowed to not like dirt without constantly being referred to as Mr. Hazmat, and the rest of us are allowed to gobble leaves and junk without being referred to as filthy heathens (though we may be).

This whole thread got off the hook, and it is against my better judgement to even post, but I really want to see the MUSHROOM talked about here, NOT people’s hygenic idiosyncracies.

I what?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-10-19 02:29:36 CEST (+0200)

“I hope x is just trolling” isn’t an accusation, it’s a statement of I-empathize-with-this-guy’s-stomach-if-not. And I didn’t mean anything nasty by “trolling”, just “making an amusing and shocking remark that may draw a reaction”.

As for “let it go, please”, I’m quite willing to do that if the last word on the subject is not a negative statement about me.

By: caphillkid
2010-10-19 00:16:25 CEST (+0200)

You accused Alan of trolling for eating a mushroom. So really, you were the one name calling for no reason. Alan said they tasted good in the egg stage. That is good info to share with others that enjoy eating edible mushrooms. You seem to be arguing that even in the egg stage, they smell bad. What evidence do you have to counter Alan’s claim? Otherwise, let it go please.

Please tell me
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-10-18 23:55:01 CEST (+0200)

what namecalling aimed at fellow users contributes to this site.

And your noting that, essentially, standards of hygiene vary in different parts of the world doesn’t seem to me to make anything cleaner — or, in this case, more palatable-smelling. If it does, please explain how? I’m genuinely curious.

no surprise there, hazmat
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-10-18 22:54:17 CEST (+0200)

If the forest floor of your mind is a hotbed of disease and filth, the intensity of your wretching and recoiling at even the sight of a stinkhorn on a dinner plate must be of whiplash proportions. Never mind that it’s a centuries-old Chinese delicacy and, as both Alan and I can personally attest to, quite good.

Even if you have only dry heaves left after reading that, it might further comfort you to know that Larry Evans of the WMMA claims that the Romanians make a face cream from stinkhorns and vaseline, which apparently is jolly good at exfoliating away dead skin.

No, no it really isn’t.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-10-18 22:21:04 CEST (+0200)

getting queasy now


By: caphillkid
2010-10-18 21:29:37 CEST (+0200)

That’s cool to hear that you ate some of them.

Taste was good
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-09-23 17:56:49 CEST (+0200)

Stinkhorn eggs taste just fine, not much different from other mushrooms. They do not start to smell bad until they mature.

You can’t be serious.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-23 02:30:02 CEST (+0200)

These are stinkhorns. That’s gotta be like frying up doggy doo and eating it.

Not trolling
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-09-22 20:55:26 CEST (+0200)

We ate a few of the eggs. I will add a picture of them cooking in the pan soon. They tasted and smelled good.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-22 20:52:08 CEST (+0200)

I hope

“We fried up some of the eggs and ate them, not bad.”

is just a bit of trolling.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-22 20:51:45 CEST (+0200)
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-09-22 20:37:11 CEST (+0200)

Dictyophora is now a depreciated synonym of Phallus according to Index Fungorum.

/removes other foot from mouth
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-09-22 20:05:43 CEST (+0200)

of course not Dictyophora. no net! 4 am may not be my sharpest hour of the day after all.

By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-21 13:28:55 CEST (+0200)

Awesome pictures. I wouldn’t have guessed it was so big.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-09-20 18:52:46 CEST (+0200)

I dried half an egg which appeared to have mature spores already. It is in one of the pictures.

By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-19 08:49:31 CEST (+0200)

exactly do you get spore samples? Q-tips?

Great shots.

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