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If it is one, some people (including me) do eat them, and say they're delicious, but Roger's says otherwise and they're the experts.  In my neck of the woods they call them morillons, or black morilles. I'd never eat a mushroom on the recommendation of someone on a forum who'd only seen a photo though.

As for the the dudie in your photo, I'd definitely avoid the pointy end, could do yourself a mischief [;-)]

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You knew I would didn't you?  My mum would definately be shocked.  Me too as I have led a very sheltered life.

Nearby at the base of an oak tree in my garden is a cluster of white, round-shaped thingys.  I did pull one of them out of the ground to have a look at it, I can only describe it as........sort of......goes with the other one[blink]

I shall keep watch on the round ones and let you know if something emerges.

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Another day in the life of  a S..H


Fungi on the other side of the tree.



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[quote user="odile"]definitely a stink horn and NOT a black morille! Not edlible, please don't try. by the way morilles ARE delicious but very poisonous if eaten raw.


Actually the egg stage, as I said, is edible, according to Roger Phillips' website, as follows:

location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: White to cream, Black or blackish
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Volva on stem, Stem much longer than cap diameter
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy), Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground


impudicus Pers. syn. Ithyphallus impudicus (L.) Fr. Gemeine

Stinkmorchel Phallus Impudique, Satyre puant, Oeuf du diable,

Stinkhorn. Fruit body initially semi-submerged and covered by

leaf-litter, egg-like, 3–6cm across, attached to substrate by a

cord-like mycelial strand. The outer wall of the egg is white to

pinkish but there is a thick gelatinous middle layer held between the

membranous inner and outer layers. The egg is soon ruptured, as the

white hollow stalk-like receptacle extends to 10–25cm high, the

pendulous, bell-shaped head is covered by a meshwork of raised ribs

covered in dark olive slime which contains the spores. This slime has a

strong sickly offensive smell which attracts flies from large

distances, the slime sticks to the legs of the flies and thus acts as a

means of spore dispersal which takes place very rapidly, exposing the

underlying mesh of the cap. Spores pale yellow, oblong, 3.5–4 x 1.5–2µ.

Habitat associated with rotting wood which may be buried in the soil,

in gardens and woodland. Season summer to late autumn. Very common. The

egg stage, which lacks the disgusting smell, is edible though not

tasty; it is said to be an aphrodisiac presumably through association

with its phallic shape.

Pix [;-)]

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