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.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..