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Phallus aurantiacus from Nigeria

B. A. Oso
Mycologia
Vol. 68, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1976), pp. 1076-1082
DOI: 10.2307/3758723
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3758723
Page Count: 7
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Phallus aurantiacus from Nigeria
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Abstract

Fruiting body development in Phallus aurantiacus has been followed in the natural habitat. Even though fruiting bodies appeared one or two at a time, the pattern of growth was observed to describe a ring about 2 m diam. In a number of cases two fruiting bodies were found developed within an "egg". The structure of the fruiting bodies as observed in the laboratory is described. The traditional beliefs concerning the origin of the stinkhorns and their usefulness to the Nigerian people in the preparation of native medicines and charms are discussed.

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