Scientific Name: Phallus impudicus (Phallaceae). 'Phallus' is a reference to the phallic appearance of stinkhorns. 'Impudicus' means 'immodest'.
English Name: Common Stinkhorn.
French Name: Satyre puant (='stinking satyr'); Phallus impudique (='immodest phallus'); Oeuf du Diable (='Devil's egg').
5 Key Characters:
- young specimens are like eggs in the ground.
- cap is covered in a smelly olive green gel which attracts flies.
- they can be very smelly, to the extent that you may smell them before seeing them.
- usually found in groups.
- the flesh is honeycombed.
Lookalikes: Other stinkhorns, which are much less common.
Habitat: Woodland, especially coniferous. Grows around dead tree stumps and other rotting wood.
Fruiting Period: Potentially all year, but not usually in the summer. Peaks June - October. Flies transfer the spores from the smelly gel to the next place they land.
Status: Very common and widely distributed.
Edible or Toxic? Edible when young but most people don't fancy them.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: