Mutinus boninensis

Chlorovibrissea melanochlora Cordierites frondosa Cudoniella clavus Favolaschia calocera Heterotextus miltinus Leotia lubrica Mucronella pendula Mutinus boninensis Nidula emodensis Plectania campylospora Scutellinia scutellata Torrendiella clelandii Torrendiella eucalypti
distribution map
Source: ALA

Sassafras Creek

Sassafras Creek
Common Namenone (a stinkhorn)
Genus/SpeciesMutinus boninensis Lloyd 1908
DescriptionThis is a stinkhorn with only a relatively mild odour. The white tubes grow out from an "egg" within several hours (probably about 5–10) to a length of about 10cm, with the last couple of of centimetres covered with a wet, brown spore mass that attracts flies. The similarly named Mutinus borneensis is also similar in appearance but my understanding is that these are different species.
Abundance &
Found along the east coast of Australia, probably including Tasmania. It is not very common and ALA is unfortunately missing this as a species (so the map link generates an error page).
Habitat &
They grow from rotten woody material.
ObservationsIn April 2017 there was a large, scattered colony growing in the litter of discarded Dicksonia antarctica (soft tree-fern) fronds. Although the eggs were visible for most of the time, they fully emerged only sporadically throughout the month as I visited them every few days. They collapsed after about 24 hours.
LinksQueensland Mycological Society brochure.
Overall: 5/9
Color: 1/3
Shape: 2/3
Abundance: 2/3

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