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Posted by WiseAcre on Dec 12th, 2013

Ravenel’s Stinkhorn

Dec 12

Found on Sept 9, 2013.
Their season spans from August to October.
The range spreads from Quebec to Florida and as far west as Ohio and Iowa.

These mushrooms were growing out of woody mulch. The Audubon field guide says these are commonly found in urban areas. I guess the village of Canton, NY is urban enough because I found them on the St. Lawrence University campus. This is the only time I’ve seen them.

Phallus ravenelii

As if their appearance wasn’t enough, the name adds to the suggestive nature of this stinkhorn.
If you don’t get it, ask a teenage boy after showing him these photos.

The cap is covered with a grey/olive-colored slimy spore mass. They are supposed to smell bad but I detected no odor from any in the cluster I found.

7 Responses

  1. sharkbytes Says:

    Very, very cool. I’ve never seen that one either. Miss your postings. Hope you are well.

  2. Leo Says:

    Glad to find you’re at least well enough to sit up and take nourishment. Say hi to all.

  3. Tammie Says:

    fabulous fine
    and photos
    i love mushrooms
    i have never seen these
    but of course have heard of them

  4. Becky Says:

    What a nice surprise to see a post from you! I can see why seeing your first patch of stinkhorns would make you sit up and take notice. Hope this means you are back !

  5. Rainfield M Penang Says:

    So I know it is that these mushrooms have brought you back.

    Thank you. Mr. and Mrs. Mushrooms.

  6. Cindee Says:

    What happened to you? I am hoping you are doing o.k. just real busy. Post something soon so we can all see what you are up to(-:

  7. Leanne Coughlan Says:

    Hello there, I just wanted to say I love looking at this blog of yours. I find the photos/blurbs you post fascinating, informative and funny! You have inspired me to go searching and photographing mushrooms and beyond where I live in Vancouver, BC Canada. I just started my first garden this summer and I cant wait to have a larger one next year I will be referring back to your site for some of that.

    Anywho just wanted to say I enjoy your blog and hope you post more 🙂 !


    Thank you. Your comment is appreciated and just might inspire me to get active again 🙂