Mutinus caninus    (Huds.:Fr.) Fr. 

common name(s) : Dog Stinkhorn, Dog Stinghorn 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Phallomycetidae/Phallales/Phallaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Gasteromycetideae/Phallales/Phallaceae  
(unconfirmed synonyms: Phallus caninus)  

edibility : inedible

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photo gallery of  Mutinus caninus potential confusions with  Mutinus caninus toxicity of Mutinus caninus genus Mutinus  

The cap is white egg-shaped at first, from which then emerges a stem topped by a cone-shaped honeycombed head truncated by a small hole, covered with a gelatinous brown-olive layer, which later disappears to leave only a reddish head, with a well differentiated stem.

The flesh is white, fragile and brittle; its taste is pleasant; the odour is fecal, but not strong.

The fertile surface is composed of a dark olive slime. The spore print is olive green.

It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, also in parks, near stumps, on a rather acid soil, mostly with beech and oaks.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 1.5 cm (between 0.8 and 2 cm)
  total height approximately 11 cm (between 5 and 15 cm)
  width of stem approximately 8 mm (between 5 and 15 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : sorry, no English description yet

Mutinus caninus is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Mutinus caninus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Mutinus caninus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18