Known colloquially as the common stinkhorn, is a widespread fungus recognisable for its foul odour and its phallic shape when mature, the latter feature giving rise to several names in 17th-century England. It is a common mushroom in Europe and North America, where it occurs in habitats rich in wood debris such as forests and mulched gardens. It appears from summer to late autumn. The fruiting structure is tall and white with a slimy, dark olive colored conical head. Known as the gleba, this material contains the spores, and is transported insects which are attracted the odor—described as resembling carrion. Despite its foul smell, it is not usually poisonous and immature mushrooms are consumed in parts of France and Germany. However, in recent times, deaths of small or immature dogs have been reported after consumption of the mature fruiting body.
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