A post featuring a fascinating fungi – Phallus impudicus or Common Stinkhorn. Despite being reputedly common – I have never had the pleasure of coming across one before – I think I would have remembered such an eye-catching specimen! I found this one growing all on its own in ‘Shedland’ – and despite its diminutive size – its luminosity and erectness stood out in the greenness.Although Phallus impudicus is supposed to stink of putrefying flesh – this one was thankfully impotent – so no need for a tissue. It had been raining earlier – and the whole wood smelled like only an English woodland can after rain – how I wish I could bottle that smell.
My only other encounter that evening was with another brown speckled cushion of loveliness – not a fawn but a gorgeous toad.
A couple of days later – I revisited the Stinkhorn to see if its cap had turned green, slimy and smelly – only to find it lying flaccid on the woodland floor. A large black slug had gorged upon its shaft and was in the act of departing from the scene – oh dear poor Stinkhorn!