Immature basidiomes not observed. Fresh expanded basidiome 120 mm high. Receptacle 25 × 25 mm, campanulate, with an apical pore, reticulated surface. Pseudostipe 67 × 12 mm, cylindrical, spongy, white; pseudoparenchymatous, composed of globose to elongate-ovoid cells, 29.5–56.8 × 17.2–44 µm, hyaline. Indusium in full development extending to the ground, white (N00A00M00), 74 mm in length, attached to the apex of the pseudostipe; polygonal to rounded meshes up to 7 × 4 mm, composed of pseudoparenchymatous cells, 31–53.8 × 23.8–41 µm. Volva hypogeous, white, with pinkish pigments (N00M10C00); outer layer papery, composed of flamentous hyphae, 3.22–6.5 µm, yellowish, septate, with clamp connections; crystal deposits in globose cells distributed amongst the hyphae, 11.5–13.8 × 19.6–22.7 µm. Rhizomorphs composed of flamentous thin-walled hyphae, with clamp connections. Gleba olive-brown, mucilaginous. Basidiospores elongated, smooth, 3.6–4.1 × 1.5–2.2 µm, hyaline in 5% KOH.
Due to the several records worldwide, specially in the Neotropics, we suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC).
Disjunction distribution worldwide (11 countries), from America, Africa, Asia, Australasia
There are 706 records of this species in GBIF, most of them from Australia (134) and Brazil (180).
Population Trend: Uncertain
Common phalloid species in the Neotropics, growing on soil. In Brazil, the species is found in Atlantic Forest, Amazon Forest, Caatinga and Cerrado.
In Brazil, this species is well distributed. However, it is found in the Atlantic Forest, a hotspot, in the Amazonia (currently being deforested at the highest rates in the last decades) and Cerrado (also a hotspot). Also, Caatinga is threatened with desertification.
Reports in Brazil are from protected and unprotected area.
Many species reported as Phallus indusiatus probably correspond to different species (complex of species).
Edible during immature and mature (pseudostipe) stage.