Yes, those things have a very brief life above ground lasting no more than a day.
Apparently they are pollinated by flies, hence the stench.
Of course the other part of the fungus is underground and therefore invisible for the most part.
They are definitely poisonous and have caused the death of small dogs who will eat them ....mainly due to the smell of rotting meat I'm guessing?
Surely no human would ever be tempted to do so?
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Well it is interesting to note that their scientific name is Phallus rubicundus .....and anyone with even a smattering of Latin will immediately know what that translates to in English!
I did have to be quite careful with the camera angle and rejected a few early shots for that every reason.....