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Stinky Squid Fungus

7-16-13  Pseudocolus fusiformis 225There is no way you can walk by the fruiting body of Pseudocolus fusiformis, a member of the Stinkhorn family Phallaceae, without noticing it. Its shape is markedly different from most fungi, in that it has three or four separate orange “arms” which are fused at the top. If your eyes don’t detect it, your nose most certainly will. Also known as “Stinky Squid,” this fungus emits a strong, putrid odor which comes from the dark green, spore-bearing slimy material (gleba) that is found on the inner surfaces of the arms. This smell attracts insects, primarily flies, which inadvertently disperse spores after visiting the fungus. Look for round egg-like whitish structures at the base of Pseudocolus fusimormis – these are young fruiting bodies that have yet to develop arms. (Thanks to Shiela Swett for photo op.)

5 responses

  1. Rita St Germain

    looks like a lobster claw!

    July 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

  2. Colleen Segarra

    How do you get rid of this fungi?

    February 20, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    • I can’t imagine why one would want to!

      February 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm

  3. Allison Brown

    How do you get rid of them. I’ve never seen them before in my flower bed. I had the front flowerbed landscapes last year and they did a horrible job. Put new stuff on top of the old.

    December 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    • These fungi will die soon enough of their own accord.

      December 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm

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