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The basket stinkhorn, first of all, stinks. Which is really surprising, considering its name. I won't even attempt to describe the odor, for fear you just had lunch. Apart from stinking, it is also extremely beautiful. If you manage to get over the smell. But this beauty is only enjoyable for sometimes even just half-a-day, after which it starts decomposing and releasing its spores. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have managed to see this rare treasure of the forest.
By the side of a path, sunny. After a heavy rainfall.
Spotted on Apr 26, 2014
Submitted on Apr 26, 2014
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Thank you Neil! I can't claim credit for the spotting itself-- I was with a nature walk-- and the lighting was extremely lucky. This was the one patch of sunlight on the entire trail.
A beautiful, natural abstract. Excellent spotting and great photography. The light is exquisite, and yes, they do stink!
Thank you Yasser and thank you for the confirmation, EduHerNav.
Phallus indusiatus is the current and accepted name :)
Oh, thank you! I was using another website.
I believe the name Dictyophora indusiata is deprecated, the accepted name now is Phallus indusiatus.