The aptly named Stinkhorn Mushroom is distinctive for many reasons: it has a single stalk, a lacy, slimy cap and it really stinks!

The tip of the stalk is slimy and gives off a stench of rotting meat which attracts flies and other creatures who then help transport the mushroom’s spores.

intherainforest (new)Stinkhorns are saprophytes, which means that they grow on rotting vegetation (wood and leaves) and are important in decomposition of plant matter.

 

Stinkhorn mushroom  (Photo by Andrew Snyder)
Stinkhorn mushroom
(Photo by Andrew Snyder)

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