Stinkhorn that’s not so stinky – Phallus hadriani

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Marianne's email photo

Marianne’s email photo

No, this is not a morel.

These mushrooms come up in people’s gardens in the spring. They emerge from a purple fuzzy egg into a phallic form that has a sticky green spore mass oozing at the top. Most stinkhorns are putrid, but this one just smells strange.  I have never seen them washed, but Marianne thought they might be morels and I can see the resemblance, but NO!  I have read that they purple eggs are edible, but you go feat them first and post how they taste! Fascinating mushroom!

 

 

 

..and they are still not morels, even washed!

..and they are still not morels, even washed!

Note structure inside the egg. I transplanted them to my yard but never got a fruiting.

Note structure inside the egg. I transplanted them to my yard but never got a fruiting. My photo from 2012.

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