Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps

Nicholas P. Money

in Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154573
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790272 | DOI:
 Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps

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This chapter discusses phallic mushrooms. Phallic mushrooms belong to a large group of fungi that includes the more familiar organisms that generate brackets on trees and buttons and portabella caps. These organisms are members of a group of fungi called the Basidiomycota, a name that refers to a special kind of spore or microscopic seed called the basidiospore. Thirty thousand species of basidiomycete have been described by scientists, and seventy or so are phallic mushrooms and related fungi that manufacture smelly cages.

Keywords: phallic mushrooms; fungi; Basidiomycota; stinkhorns

Chapter.  6449 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microbiology

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