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Lysurus periphragmoides.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Lysurus sphaerocephalum, Lysurus texense
Lysurus perifragmoides e Mushroom
Ref No: 19596
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Lysurus perifragmoides Mushroom
Ref No: 19597
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Lysurus-Periphragmoides-hea Mushroom
Ref No: 24601
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location: North America
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: White to cream, Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Volva on stem
habitat: Grows on the ground, Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides

Lysurus periphragmoides (Klotzsch) Dring Syns. Lysurus sphaerocephalum, Lysurus texense. Found throughout central and South America and reported from many states in the US probably as an introduction. A pink stemmed stinkhorn with a strong smell of rotten meat. Starting out as a creamy white ‘egg’ then, when mature the cap and stem quickly burst out. Stem orange to pink, 6 to 12cm high, hollow. The cap with a lattice pattern at first covered in a greenish brown slime, which quickly disappears due to numerous flies being attracted and carrying of the spore bearing slime on their feet. Found on lawns, rubbish heaps or bare soil. Spores 3.5-4.5 x 1.5-2 microns. These specimens were collected and photographed by Silvia Ojeda in Unquillo Argentina. Very many thanks Silvia. Two new images have just come in from Sabrina Wright, very many thanks Sabrina

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David Peachy (United States) - 03 July 2014

I found this mushroom in my yard in N.E. Indiana after a series of rainstorms. According to the description for Lysurus periphragmoides, it seems a little out of place.
Barbara Barnett (United States) - 05 April 2009

This mushroom was found in the country outside Brenham, Texas growing in the yard three days after a rain. And it does stink!
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