Stalked Lattice Stinkhorn (Lysurus periphragmoides) covered in flies, eastern New Mexico, USA
wikipedia: … commonly known as the chambered stinkhorn, is a saprobic fungus with a pantropical distribution, and has been found in Africa, Asia, Australasia, and the Americas, where it grows on fertile ground and on mulch. The fruit body,  which can extend up to 15 cm (5.9 in) tall, consists of a reddish  latticed head (a receptaculum) placed on top of a long stalk. A dark  olive-green spore mass, the gleba, fills the interior of the lattice and extends outwards between the arms. Like other members of the Phallaceae family, the gleba has a fetid odor that attracts flies and other insects to help disperse its spores. The immature “egg” form of the fungus is considered edible… (read more)
(photo: Steve Doonan)

Stalked Lattice Stinkhorn (Lysurus periphragmoides) covered in flies, eastern New Mexico, USA

wikipedia: … commonly known as the chambered stinkhorn, is a saprobic fungus with a pantropical distribution, and has been found in Africa, Asia, Australasia, and the Americas, where it grows on fertile ground and on mulch. The fruit body, which can extend up to 15 cm (5.9 in) tall, consists of a reddish latticed head (a receptaculum) placed on top of a long stalk. A dark olive-green spore mass, the gleba, fills the interior of the lattice and extends outwards between the arms. Like other members of the Phallaceae family, the gleba has a fetid odor that attracts flies and other insects to help disperse its spores. The immature “egg” form of the fungus is considered edible… (read more)

(photo: Steve Doonan)

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