Last week, while doing some gardening, I discovered a few “eggs” of the stinkhorn fungus lying among the roots of our ginger plants.
These egg-like whitish balls produce the stalked lattice stinkhorn fungus (Lysurus periphragmoides) which is also called the chambered stinkhorn.
I read that like most stinkhorns, the Lysurus periphragmoide is considered edible when it is in its immature “egg” form.Today I found a new stalked lattice stinkhorn which emerged this morning, as well as a collapsed and dried up stalked lattice stinkhorn beside it.
The stalk of this stinkhorn fungus is long, extending up to 15 cm (5.9 in) tall, and consists of a reddish latticed head. I understand that the fungus is named periphragmoides which means “fenced in all around”, and refers to the latticed structure of the cap. The lattice stinkhorn fungus is known to appear after a period of rainy days, or when soil conditions are moist.
They usually exist for approx. one to three days, but I read of a lattice stinkhorn fungus which rose from the earth around sunrise and collapsed and dried by mid-afternoon in the direct sun. [Ref: https://mushroomobserver.org].Like all other stinkhorn fungii, the stalked lattice stinkhorn produces a foul odour, but it is “less-offensive” than most. Its foul odor is said to form only after it has been exposed to air for some time.
The fetid odour – like that of rotting meat or feces, attracts flies and other insects which help disperse its spores. These flies are known to suck up the spore-laden thick brown liquid produced in the cap of the stalked lattice stinkhorn fungus.
This stalked lattice stinkhorn fungus is lying flat on the soil after I watered that area.