Mutinus elegans

Common Names: Elegant stinkhorn, dog stinkhorn, headless stinkhorn, devil's dipstick
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Stinkhorns

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.

Edible Notes: The immature egg-forms are reported to be edible but not recommended. The fetid odor of mature specimens would probably be repellent to most, although they are not considered poisonous. Generally best avoided.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.