Latin Name: Mutinus elegans

Other Names: Dog Stinkhorn, The Headless Stinkhorn, The Devil’s Dipstick


  • long, slender mushroom (about 10cm)
  • stalk coloring white to pinkish-red
  • white vulva around base
  • olive-brown slime around head
  • at maturity, foul odor


  • in rich leaf litter


  • considered edible, though not recommended
  • unpleasant for edibility due to presence of foul smell, slime, etc.
  • not poisonous


Personal Experience

I have only had the pleasure of observing this mushrooms once. It appears to be a rare specimen, or it may simply be hiding well under rich leaf canopies.