Watch a slime-covered penile fungus that smells like rotting flesh grow and decompose in fascinating time-lapse | Albiseyler

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

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

The fungus is the visible part of the stink bug (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 with a bell-shaped cap covered in olive-brown slime, known as gleba, which gives the mushroom its unmistakable smell.

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