Phallus duplicatus (Dictyophora duplicatus) (3 Photos and Description)

Phallus duplicatus (Dictyophora duplicata) is arguably one of the more beautiful of the phallic-shaped stinkhorns, if only because it sports a white lacy veil, which in this photo rests flatly against the stipe, but is frequently flaring like an A-line skirt. It emerges from its rather substantial egg-like covering and projects upward to ensure the carrion-smelling gleba attracts insects, which spread the spores through contact. The head of this stinkhorn is chambered. The stalk is hollow on the inside and sponge-like on the outside. In the button stage, it is edible. Like the other stinkhorns of the northeast, it appears in summer and autumn after rains in forest humus.

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Phallus duplicatus (Dictyophora duplicata) in its egg stage.

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Phallus duplicatus (Dictyophora duplicata) with the gleba completely eaten. On occasion mushroom hunters are fooled into believing they have found a bleached-out morel in autumn on seeing this on the forest floor!