Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Friday, September 14, 2012

X-Rated Mushroom

     Our plant counting expedition was rained out this morning, but here is a photo of a mushroom we came across on our outing last week.  The diameter is about 10 mm and the length about 25 mm.  The common name is a Stinkhorn, the scientific genus Mutinus.  A black, gooey, stinky mass will appear at the end of the mushroom.  This attracts flies, who carry the spores away.  This link provides more information - including the x-rating.

1 comment:

  1. Um-hum.

    The common name I learned - and there's just no arguing with this given the species name 'caninus' - is 'dog dickie' . . . :)

    You have to smile at mother nature's sense of humor.