Foul smelling, and has a phallic shape. The fruiting structure is tall and white with a head covered in a fetid greenish spore slime, which attracts flies to spread the spores. Ravenel's stinkhorn's lack of rough ridges on the cap differentiates it from the closely related Phallus impudicus. The mushroom's head ranges from 1.5 to 2 cm in width by 3 to 4.5 cm in height. Its texture is finely granular and it is attached to a white open circlet at the top where it meets the stalk. The lower margin of the head is free and there is a membranous veil that is partially concealed beneath. Spore slime covers the head and is olive-green to dark brown in colour, slimy in texture and foul smelling. The hollow stalk is 10 to 15 cm tall and 1.5 to 3 cm thick. It can range in colour from slightly yellowish to white. At the stalk's base there is usually a white to pink volva (a sac-like cup). When immature, the fruiting body is encapsulated within the volva, which later soon ruptures as the mushroom emerges.
it is encountered in a wide variety of habitats rich in wood debris from forests to mulched gardens or saw dust piles in urban areas, appearing from August to October.