Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

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AndrewJoslin
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Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by AndrewJoslin » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:36 pm

During the ENTS Forest Summit 2011 field trip to the Elder Grove, MTSF, (October 15, 2011) we came across a patch of the unpleasantly fragrant Netted Stinkhorn (Dictyophora duplicata) growing in and around a hollow stump:

"Freshly" emerged stinkhorns, note the fly perched to the right

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A little further along, the egg-like structure that the stinkhorn emerged from visible at the base

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The fetid green slime on the top contains reproductive spores presumably distributed by insects attracted by the odor

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Just looking at the photos recalls the odor. Roger Phillips (Mushrooms of North America) describes the smell as "a very fetid odor" and mentions Netted Stinkhorn is edible in the early "egg" phase and in the same sentence advises against eating them, duh!!! :-)
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Re: Ed made me do it - Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by James Parton » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:58 pm

Iv'e seen these before. Despite the unpleasant odor they are an unusual " shroom " to see.
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Re: Ed made me do it - Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by AndrewJoslin » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:12 am

Thanks for moving this to the correct forum Ed, I didn't realize there was a fungi and mycology area!

James - I agree, interesting mushroom, I'd never seen it before. Whatever form nature takes is well worth appreciating.
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Re: Ed made me do it - Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by edfrank » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:19 pm

Andrew,

It is a relatively new forum created because of a request of oe of our newer members Hamydryad. He has an extensive album of fungi images on his Facebook Page. I went back and pulled older posts related to the subject and moved them here to create the forum and pulled fungi images from a couple of other posts to add here also.

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Re: Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by mdvaden » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:00 pm

This autumn I may pay closer attention to the fungi. Haven't spotted one of the Stinkhorns yet that I can recall. I was on a quite a fungi photographing binge about 5 or 6 years ago.

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Re: Netted Stinkhorn mushrooms

Post by edfrank » Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:06 pm

Andrew,

It is funny how the scent of a scene will so color our perception and memories of a locality. I guess that is what perfumers learned many yeas ago.

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