Unusual Stinkhorn Mushrooms

Stinkhorn Mushrooms in Flower Bed

Stinkhorn Mushrooms in Flower Bed

Stinkhorn Mushrooms Emerge from Egg-Like Bulbs

Stinkhorn Mushrooms Emerge from Egg-Like Bulbs

Cross Section of Stinkhorn Egg

Cross Section of Stinkhorn Egg

Cross Sections of Agate and Stinkhorn Egg Look Similar

Cross Sections of Agate and Stinkhorn Egg Look Similar

Close-up of Stinkhorn Stalk

Close-up of Stinkhorn Stalk

Hollow Tube of Stinkhorn Mushroom Stalk

Hollow Tube of Stinkhorn Mushroom Stalk

Stinkhorn Mushroom with Curly Cap

Stinkhorn Mushroom with Curly Cap

Close-up of Curly Cap with Hole in Top

Close-up of Curly Cap with Hole in Top

Horse Fly Attracted to Stinkhorn

Horse Fly Attracted to Stinkhorn

Close-up of Fly's Compound Eyes

Close-up of Fly’s Compound Eyes

Recently we were walking down the sidewalk in front of our Florida home and wondered what that unpleasant smell was.  Turns out it was stinkhorn mushrooms!  They must have come in with the last batch of mulch.  The mushroom emerges from an egg-like bulb.  Sometimes you can find a “nest” of eggs the day before a cluster of stinkhorns emerge.  Some people consider stinkhorn eggs edible, but only with considerable caution.  The stalk of the mushroom is a hollow tube, and the cap is covered in stinky slime.  Flies are attracted to the cap’s smell, and they spread the mushroom’s spores. These mushrooms are considered beneficial to the soil, and each one lasts only a day. You never know what you’ll see in the garden!  A web page featuring an unbelievable variety of stinkhorn mushrooms is at:  http://www.mushroomexpert.com/stinkhorn_fame.html

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to Unusual Stinkhorn Mushrooms

  1. reocochran says:

    I remember these coming out of our mulch. I love how close you were able to get to capture the eyes of the fly. 🙂

  2. May I say this? They look … male. Cheers —

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