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By Ruth D’Alessandro, The Wildlife Gardener The Wildlife Gardener had forgotten about the stinkhorn half-‘egg’ in the Tupperware lunchbox, inside a rucksack. When I finally remembered it was there, I expected a smelly mushy mess. So imagine my surprise when I took the lid off and this popped up!
Clearly the Millennium Seed Bank ecologist’s attempted circumcision had not finished off the fungus. It even smelt quite rank and chemically nasty, the ‘head’ of the stinkhorn can be seen quite clearly at the bottom of the picture. Tomorrow, I shall take this toadstool and lay it to rest under our oak tree in the hope that some spores will be dispersed into the Wildlife Garden. I hope I get my own mature, photographable Phallus impudicus next year.