Mutinus Ravenelli (Mutinus ravenelii) photo and description

Mutinus ravenelii

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
  • Order: Phallales (Merry)
  • Family: Phallaceae (Veyolkovye)
  • Genus: Mutinus (Mutinus)
  • Species: Mutinus ravenelii (Mutinus Ravenelli)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Smelly morel

Other names:

  • Ravel's mutinus
  • Smelly morel

Mutinus ravenelii


Fruit body : it goes through two stages - a light, elongated, pointed egg 2-3 cm in size under a thin yellowish membranous skin contains a bright, red-pink primordium of a "leg", covered with a delicate white film. The egg breaks with two lobes, from where a porous hollow "leg" 5-10 cm long and about 1 cm in diameter pinkish with a thickened red-crimson tip tuberous from about the middle rises. When ripe, the tip of Mutinus Ravenell is covered at the tip with a thick brown-olive smooth, smeared with spore-bearing mucus. The fungus emits an unpleasant strong smell of carrion, which attracts insects, mainly flies.

Pulp : porous and very tender.


From the last decade of June to September, Mutinus Ravenelli grows on humus-rich soil in deciduous forests, in gardens, near rotting wood, in bushes, in humid places, after and during warm rains, in a group, not often in the same place, as and the previous species, rarely.


Mutinus Ravenelli - Inedible mushroom


Mutinus Ravenelli is very similar to the dog mutinos (Mutinus caninus). Even specialists who did not expect such a tropical gift for twenty years, until 1977, could not distinguish between them. This was done by Latvian mycologists. Currently, several external differences can be pointed out. At the first stage, the ovoid fruiting body in this species is torn into two petals. Mutinus Ravenelli has a brighter, crimson shade of the tip, the tip itself is thickened, and in the dog mutinus, the diameter of the tip is not larger than the rest of the leg. The spore-bearing mucus (gleb) of the Ravenelli mutin is smooth, not cellular.

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