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Kalchbrennera corallocephala

   (Family: Phallaceae)
   
Common name: Red Stinkhorn EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Inedible
Size: 30 - 110 mm
Colour:
Dark red (lurid)
Spore bearing structure:   Other
Flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
Spore colour:
Black
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: Rotten meat smell
Fruiting season: autumn
General info: EDIT
When young, is white and egg-shaped with strong, thick, rooting rhizomorphs. The outer membrane splits and the Kalchbrennera hatches.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: none
Pileus (Cap) decorations: none
Gill attachment: none
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: none
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Spore mass slimy, dark greenish black deposit on the branches. Microscopic Features: Spores 3.5-4.5 x 1.5-2 ยต; more or less elliptical.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: equal
Stem base: bulbous
Annulus: none
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  30mm-110mm long with a wrinkled surface, white to pale yellow-brown becoming pink at the apex, were it terminates in a brilliant red dome composed of interconnecting branches, Projecting from this are many as 16 knobbed branches with forked, thickened ends.
 
 
Habitat: Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides
Habitat info: EDIT
Open ground and wooded thickets after prolonged rains Rare south-western and eastern Cape. Natal and the Transvaal. This unusual red stinkhorn is indigenous to South Africa.
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