Observation 5365: Phallus Junius ex L.

When: 2007-12-09

Collection location: Felton, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Karen Asherah (kasherah)

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Don’t know the name of this mushroom. It’s the largest and strangest one I have ever seen. It has a pungent fungal odor that permeates a room. I am in the process of drying it on a top shelf in a back unused bedroom! I found it in my front yard, in a flower bed of perennials. I live in a micro-climate, 6 miles from the coast, near a redwood forest.

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Most likely Phallus sp.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-12-09 22:30:53 MST (-0700)

Definitely a stinkhorn as Darvin suggests. Given that you found it in the Santa Cruz area, the net-like structure on the head (reticulum) and the porus stalk, it is almost certainly in the genus Phallus. If I were a betting man, I’d say Phallus hadriani, but that’s really just a guess based on what I’ve seen in that area. The long stalk is certainly unusual.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-12-09 22:00:21 MST (-0700)

The common name for this group is stinkhorns. It is past its prime, but maybe a another fresh one will appear so keep looking. They emerge from eggs, sort of like an Amanita.