Netted Stinkhorn Phallus duplicatus Bosc  Synonyms: Phallus impudicus var. togatus.

Description:

Fruiting body: Immature: White to pale brown, egg-shaped to almost round. Fertile surface: Oval to conic, deeply pitted, covered with dark green-black, foul-smelling spore mass, white-rimmed opening at apex. Stalk: White to light pink, hollow, spongy; white net-like veil flares from apex; pinkish-brown volva (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Solitary or groups on ground; in hardwoods or mixed woods (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Netted Stinkhorn "egg" in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2017). The egg is protruding horizontally from upturned root ball of a fallen oak. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Netted Stinkhorn in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2017). Half of a vertically-split egg. The spongy, hollow center becomes the stalk; spores are contained in the black layer; gelatinous layer surrounds fruiting body. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Netted Stinkhorn collected in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2017). Pieces of specimen. Because the egg had been cut, the fruiting body developed as mirror halves in a closed container. Visible from bottom left: white hollow stalk (portion of the tan volva is visible under the lowest stalk); pieces of netting at top and lower right; half of cap with green-black spores in upper right. The photo was taken 10/22/2017, 4 days after collection. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Netted Stinkhorn collected in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2017). Flies and carrion beetles were attracted almost immediately to the distinctive-smelling spore slime. Pieces of stalk are visible lying on the volva. This portion of the cap was almost cleaned of spores in ~2.5 hours. Photographed on 10/22/2017, 4 days after collection. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Netted Stinkhorn spores collected in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2017). Ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline; measured 3.8-4.5 X 1.7-2.0 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

A Netted Stinkhorn (mature fruiting body) in Montreat, North Carolina (9/8/1994). Contributed by Walt Sturgeon. Photo by Wikipedia Commons. (MBP list)


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