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stinkhorn The common name for the fungal fruit body in some members of the Phallales. The common stinkhorn, Phallus impudicus, has a white, spongy, hollow stem 10–20 cm tall. The cap is initially covered with an olive-brown slime containing the spores, but the slime is eventually removed by flies. This fungus has a strong, fetid odour detectable from a distance of several metres. It is common in woods, gardens, etc. in summer and autumn. The dog stinkhorn, Mutinus caninus, is similar but smells less strongly.

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stinkhorn Any of several species of foul-smelling Basidiomycete fungi. At first, it resembles a small, whitish ‘egg’, which contains the unripe fruit body (receptacle). When ripe, the receptacle elongates to 10–20cm (4–8in) in height, rupturing the egg. It carries with it a glutinous brownish spore mass that attracts the flies that disperse the spores. Genus Phallus.