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Archive for September 20, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the woods, fields and marshes of New England

Ravenel’s stinkhorn fungus (Phallus ravenelii) is aptly named for the foul odor it exudes and its horn-like shape. For obvious reasons this fungus belongs to the order Phallales and genus Phallus. Henry Revenel has the dubious distinction of having this phallic growth named after him. Your nose will let you know when you are near one -- its odor can be likened to decaying flesh or feces. Although it repels humans, the fungus’s odor attracts flies and other insects. The brownish head consists of spores; when the flies land on the head, the spores stick to their legs and are subsequently dispersed.

Find more of my photographs and information similar to that which I post in this blog in my book Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.