Stinkhorn Fungus

Phallus impudicus

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This is a phallus shaped fungus, which emerges from an egg shaped base. At first the pitted cap is covered with greenish gleba which is eaten by flies.

Stinkhorn has a unmistakeable stench. It is an intense smell which is likened to a rotting cadaver.

How to identify

Foul odour and phallic shape

Where to find it

On the ground in woods of all kinds


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Stinkhorn Fungus
Latin name
Phallus impudicus
The spores of the Stinkhorn are scattered by insects, rather than the wind
Conservation status
Very common