Name: Lysurus periphragmoides
Author: (Klotzsch) Dring
Citation: Kew Bull. 35(1): 70 (1980)
Deprecated Synonyms: Lysurus texense
Lysurus periphragmoides (Klotzsch) Dring, Kew Bull. 35(1): 70 (1980)
Simblum periphragmoides Klotzsch, Lich. Nov. Zeland. 2: 164 (1831)
Fruiting Body: Initially a white or buff “egg” up to 4 cm across. When mature it is 7-14 cm high, consisting of a stem and a more or less round head. Stem 6-10 cm high by 1-4 cm wide; hollow; orange to reddish; walls 1-4 mm thick. Head 1.5-4 cm broad; round or somewhat flattened; divided into an orange or reddish lattice. The fruiting body hatches from a white volva with an inner gelatinous layer.
Flesh: Fragile; spongy; orange to reddish.
Spore mass: Slimy; greenish or olive-brown; resting within the depressions of the lattice. Initially the spore mass is slightly sweet smelling (although still offensive), but becomes more foul smelling as it is exposed to air.
Spores 3.5-4.5 × 1.5-2 µ; elliptical to oblong; smooth