The stinkhorn is amongst the most identifiable of British fungi. As its name would suggest, its odour is somewhat unpleasant and very distinctive. The mature fungus smells of rotting flesh and can be detected from a few metres distance; the purpose is to attract flies which then help distribute the spores further afield than would be achieved by wind and rain alone.
The scientific name, Phallus impudicus, does a little more than hint at the distinctive shape of the mushroom. It is apparently edible but the smell would surely put anyone off from having a go, though perhaps when it is young it may be a little more palatable.
This slightly over mature specimen was growing on Prestwick Carr and spotted during a trip to check on the ponies that are grazing out on the site. There were a few other fungi to be seen but most were somewhat more obscure than the stinkhorn.