When: 2007-11-30

Collection location: Pretoria, South Africa [Click for map]

Who: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)

No specimen available

[admin – 2009-02-04] Just noticed that the location was not right based on the comment. I’m not sure how that happened, but I fixed it. It was set to Whitethorn, CA.

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Recognized by sight
92% (2)
Recognized by sight: Bottomley reports only one species from South Africa and it was easy to key, but the publication is difficult to obtain. Miller & Miller give the characteristics of the genus. Long & Stouffer have outstanding photos and an excellent description.
Used references: .
Bates, Scott T. 2006. A Preliminary Checklist of Arizona Macrofungi. Canotia 2 (2): 47-78.

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By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2008-06-06 17:01:34 CDT (-0400)

VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, G.C.A. & EICKER, A. 1994. A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd page 174

cool fungus!
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2008-06-06 13:56:17 CDT (-0400)

stinkhorns are so bizarre…

Information on location
By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2008-06-06 10:07:50 CDT (-0400)

This mushroom’s spores are distributed by flies, thus a fetid smell to it.
The specimen was seen in Pretoria after good summer rainfall.
They were also reported in other areas in Pretoria. As far as I know thet grow in association with Jacaranda trees.

What did it smell like? ;)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-06-06 09:32:49 CDT (-0400)
Great stinkhorn!
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-06-06 01:34:18 CDT (-0400)

Can you be any more precise about where in South Africa it came from? Nearest city? Thanks!