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Penis Shaped Mushroom Discovered in Africa

Next time your girlfriend asks you to order extra mushrooms on that pizza, you might want to think twice.

Scientists have recently discovered several new phallic-shaped fungi in São Tomé, a small island off the western coast of Africa.

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One species in particular has given the scientific community a bit of a reason to blush – the mushroom in question resembles that of a penis. While only 2 inches long (about the size of some of the Amog staffers – I’m looking at you TechMog), it clearly resembles that of a lady’s best friend. The dark, spore-covered head is a clear give-away that this fungi hasn’t been using proper protection.

“The mushroom emerges from an egg and elongates over four hours,” said Dennis Desjardin and Brian Perry of San Francisco State University.” Its odor attracts flies who consume the spores and disperse them throughout the forest.”

Kinda reminds me of waking up in the morning.

If you’re interested in plastering your room with images of the penis-shroom, be sure to check out the July issue of Mycologia, where Desjardin discusses more about it.

In case you were wondering, yes Mycologia is a journal about mushrooms. You might want to also pick up an issue of Not Getting Laid Anytime Soon weekly.

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  1. raincoaster says:

    Dude, if yours looks like that, GET TO A DOCTOR!

  2. PinheadX says:

    um… it's called a Stinkhorn, and they're very common everywhere. I've found them in flowerbeds and other places in the woods.

    Africa doesn't have much documentation about it's mushroom species, so the discovery is significant in that respect.

    and aren't almost all mushrooms somewhat penis shaped?

  3. An Observer says:

    Somebody's got a *fertile* imagination…

  4. Jack says:

    mushrooms have always looked like dicks!

  5. Hong Kong Dong says:

    Not a problem here in Hong Kong. Plenty of pox doctors in Wanchai can fix up ones that look worse than that!

    Old Joke:

    Patient:: Can you help Doctor? All the experts say it'll have to come off.

    Doctor: Foreign doctors crazy. Waste of money to amputate – in two weeks will drop off!

  6. DAVE says:

    I have abot 10-12 of these stinkhorns growing here in my yard in Tulsa Ok

  7. Terry Levere says:

    We just found about 5 of these stinkhorns growing near the base of our pine trees(Oct 2010) . Quite a novelty find in a country setting about 5 miles North of Cardinal, Ontario, Canada…..

  8. Rose says:

    I had not heard of these 'penis-shaped' mushrooms until they began popping up in the flower bed near my front door. They are 6-8 inches long, which is much longer than other articles indicate. They have a nasty smell and attract flies. [Of course, we had a good time laughing hysterically when they first appeared!]

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  10. Li says:

    So how can we get rid of the. We dug 50 out of our front yard and there are ton more back today!