Lysurus borealis

Lysurus borealisAlso known as Anthurus borealis

Lizard's Claw

Order Phallales, Family Phallaceae

HEAD COMPOSED OF 5-6 PINKISH ARMS

Head:  1-2 cm wide; 2-3 cm tall; divided into 4-6 arms incurved and meeting -- but not fused together -- at top

MASS OF BROWNISH GREEN SLIME AT TOP

STALK GROWS OUT OF WHITISH BALL

Stalk:  8-10 cm tall, 1 cm thick; white, hollow; growing from whitish cup/egg anchored to the ground by cord; odor fetid

IN FLOWER BEDS UNDER TREES OR BUSHES; ON WOOD DEBRIS; IN LAWNS

EDIBILITY UNKNOWN

Lookalikes and smellalikes:

Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) -- larger, head one mass, no arms

Dog stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus) -- pinkish stalk, no arms

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If that description doesn't inspire you to remove yourself from the couch and find this urban shroom, nothing will. And, in the unlikely event that you actually discover it, you won't be let down. It's completely unusual and surprising—much more exciting than anything you'll find at the newest downtown club. Go find one today and write us a comment below detailing what you think of it.


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