Stinkhorns

MutinusStinkhorns in Sunset Park. Genus Mutinus, but I’m not sure of the species, caninus, ravenelii? These are not all that unfamiliar in the urban context: mulched areas of parks are a good place to find them. These mushrooms, of the Phallaceae family, are atypical fungi: they produce a stinky slime to attract flies, who then help distribute the fungal spores. MutinusThe flies buzzed off when I took the pictures.

5 Responses to “Stinkhorns”


  1. 1 Ellen Brys July 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I cannot believe there are no comments on the Stinkhorn! It is unnatural.

    • 2 mthew July 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Hah! Perhaps people are afraid of viewing the page while at work?

      • 3 Ellen Brys July 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

        Well they should be readibg this while having breakfast, like me. This post has provided some rude comments in my home! Maybe they are too shy. Ha!

  2. 4 Ellen Brys July 24, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Stinkhorn walking tour in Prospect Park?


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