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
- similar species that may resemble it, include Mutinus caninus and Mutinus ravenelii
- learn more about these three species of Mutinus from the Mushroom Expert
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.