Collection location: Stony Creek Campground, Sequoia National Forest, California, USA [Click for map]
Color distinctive, as well as its unbelievably foul odor. Not farinaceous, as claimed by some (or I’d never again eat a cucumber), but strongly spermatic, and worse yet, “sperm” gone bad!
The mushroom, altho firm to the touch and visually handsome, also had slimy brown streaks along its stipe, which may have produced the strong odor (much like a stinkhorn). This freakishly foul smell was very effective at attracting flies; David Rust found this mushroom, buried entirely in a bank, due to the activities of flies that were leaving and entering the cracked ground.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:27 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Stony Creek Campground, Sequoia NF’ to ‘Stony Creek Campground, Sequoia National Forest, California, USA’
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