Long, whitish column with a greenish, smelly slime covering the top; whitish or pinkish cup around the base. Grows on wood debris, rotted stumps, and sawdust, and in deciduous woods. August–October. Fruiting body a cylindrical column; whitish; top covered with a thick, slimy, greenish brown, unpleasant smelling, conical spore mass, with a small opening at the tip; base enclosed in a whitish to pinkish saclike cup that is attached to the ground by white, cordlike tissue. Spores greenish brown. Spores magnified are elliptical, smooth, colorless. This is a weird-looking mushroom, and once you see (and smell) it, you’ll always remember it.
Lookalikes: The common stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) is similar but with a deeply pitted head.