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.
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.