Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dog Stinkhorn.

You may remember that we saw a Stinkhorn of the Mutinus elegans variety last weekend while out hiking. So today when Eric, Maxime and I were hiking along the same path up at Harriman State Park, we kept our eyes open for more Stinkhorn mushrooms. Lo and behold, we found a Dog Stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus) this time!

The Dog Stinkhorn is named for its uncanny resemblance to a dog's penis, although this one looks a little, erm, flaccid. It has obviously already lost its brown, slimy, foul-smelling cap which attracts flies for spore distribution; in fact, it looks like it's about to kick the bucket, poor thing. Here's more info about Dog Stinkhorns on Tom Volk's fungus page. Enjoy!

We have had so much fun finding various fungi during our hikes this summer. After all of the rain this year, the forests have really sprouted some bizarre and wonderful stuff.

Photo by Eric.

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