"Genus Envy? Phallic Mushroom Wins Immortality for California Scientist"

"Most great scientists have prizes named after them. Or university buildings.

Not Bob Drewes, a Palo Alto resident and one of the world's leading experts on African reptiles. Drewes has been forever immortalized with something that may have other researchers glancing over with envy — or chuckles. A mushroom named after a part of the male anatomy. His anatomy.

In the scientific equivalent of the full monty, one of Drewes colleagues discovered a new species of mushroom in the tiny nation of São Tomé, a tropical island off West Africa. He named it Phallus drewesii."

Paul Rogers reports for the San Jose Mercury News June 11, 2009.

Monday, June 15, 2009