Common Name=none (a stinkhorn)
Genus/Species=Mutinus boninensis Lloyd 1908
Description=This 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.
Distribution=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).
Substrate=They grow from rotten woody material.
Observations=In 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.
Links=Queensland Mycological Society brochure.