Dogpecker Shroom? (Phallus Ravenelii)

Marcia Rubin

Chagrin Falls, United States

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Another exciting find for me! A new fungi I have yet to discover!!!
I found this mushroom while wandering around the Holden Arboretum, located in Kirtland, Ohio (USA).
It sat in the lowest part of the ravine area, not very far from the small creek, nestled close to a fallen log.
It was in good company, as this fallen log was home to three other mushroom species as well!
I wish every day could be like this day. The weather was absolutely perfect for an Autumn day. The colors were vibrant, and the mushroom activity was awesome!
I called this mushroom a “dog pecker” shroom, because, come on now… let’s be honest! There is a huge resemblance! ;-D
I know that I have heard of a “dog pecker” mushroom before, but have not done my research yet to find out exactly what one of those look like. I was just anxious to get this one posted :-)
Thanks to Carla for identifying this mushroom :-) Nope, it’s not a “dog pecker” mushroom like I had thought, it is actually a Ravenel Stinkhorn (Scientific name is Phallus Ravenelii)
Something interesting about this mushroom is the fact that it releases an absolutely terrible smell that smells like decaying flesh. This attracts the flies. The flies land on the mushroom, and in turn, pick up spores on their legs, which are then deposited somewhere else.
Neat huh?
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ28

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