Name: Phallus impudicus L.
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Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Phallus impudicus

Author: L.

Citation: Sp. pl.: 1178. 1753 / Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum.

Deprecated Synonyms: Phallus foetidus, Hymenophallus togatus, Morellus impudicus, Ithyphallus impudicus (L.) E.Fischer, Phallus impudicus f. togatus, Phallus impudicus var. indusiatus, Phallus impudicus var. togatus, Bridal Veil Stinkhorn


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Phallales

Family: Phallaceae

Genus: Phallus

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Notes on Taxonomy: [Edit] Brief Description:

Immature Fruiting Body: Like a whitish to yellowish (or purplish, in Phallus hadriani) “egg” up to 6 cm across; usually at least partly submerged in the ground; when sliced revealing the stinkhorn-to-be encased in a gelatinous substance.

Mature Fruiting Body: Spike-like, to 25 cm high; with a cap 1.5-4 cm wide, which is covered with olive brown to dark brown slime; often developing a perforation at the tip; the cap surface pitted and ridged beneath the slime; sometimes with a whitish to purplish “skullcap” (a remnant of the volva); with a whitish, hollow stem, 1.5-3 cm thick; the base enclosed in a white (Phallus impudicus) or purplish (Phallus hadriani), sacklike volva, which is often at least partly submerged underground.

Spores 3.5 × 1.5-2.5 µ elliptical or oblong; smooth.

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