Common Names: Elegant stinkhorn, dog stinkhorn, headless stinkhorn, devil's dipstick
Spike-like, 4 to 17 cm high by 0.5 to 1.5 cm wide; gracefully tapered toward the apex. Often slightly curved. Sometimes whitish below, but orangish or orangish-red above. An olive brown to brown slime towards the apex; quickly becoming foul and odorous, and often quickly removed by insects; hollow; spongy.
Saprobic; growing alone or gregariously in gardens, flowerbeds, meadows, lawns, wood chips, cultivated areas, and so on--also in hardwood forests; summer and fall.