Stinkhorn...sometimes the name says it all

stinkhorn3 Have you ever seen one of these before? Maybe I should ask if you have ever smelled the foul scent of rotting meat that is emitted from the sticky slime on the tip of this fungi? You wouldn't forget it. These little guys pop up quickly in rich, damp places in North America and Europe. The stinky slime attracts flies and other creatures to it which then fly away spreading the spores and the life of the stinkhorn is carried on to another place. 

flys-on-a-stinkhornAre these flies mating on the stinkhorn? They must really enjoy that smell!

stinkhorn2Aptly named the Phallus impudicus. (Impudicus translates to shameless. I'll let you figure out the rest)

stinkhornAccording to wikipedia, in Medeival times stinkhorns were used in a cure for gout and in love potions. Hey, it worked for the flies. In France and Germany it is eaten in it's very young stages. I know for certain that I will not be adding this to my salad!