Watch slime-covered penile fungus smelling of rotting flesh grow and decay in fascinating timelapse | Brasarr

A close-up of the stinkhorn fungus fruiting body, which is shaped like a penis.

Scientists have captured a mesmerizing new time-lapse showing the birth and decay of a penis-shaped fungus notorious for its foul smell.

The mushroom is the visible part of a stinkhorn mushroom (Phallus impudicus), which commonly grows near rotting wood and plants and can reach up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) above the ground. The stem is topped by a bell-shaped cap covered in olive-brown slime, known as the gleba, which gives the mushroom its unmistakable stench.

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