Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I found these interesting looking critters under the dogwood tree this morning. They are called Mutinus Elegans, more commonly known as Elegant Stinkhorn, and while they are found up and down the East Coast, I've never seen one before. However, with the aid of Google I was able to identify these unusual fungi.
They are reported to have a foul odor but considering how close I got to take the pictures, I didn't smell anything. The brown coloring is actually a slime which flies and other insects feed on which disperses the spores. Yuck! Because of their odor, they are not considered edible for humans.
Interestingly, in a study of a variety of mushrooms, the stinkhorn showed antibiotic activity against all six of the human bacteria tested including E.coli and Salmonella.
Has anyone else seen these or have them in your yard?