|no distinct cap|
|hymenium attachment is irregular or not applicable|
|lacks a stipe|
|spore print is olive-brown|
|ecology is saprotrophic|
Ileodictyon cibarium is a saprobic species of fungus in the family Phallaceae. It is endemic to New Zealand, where it commonly known as the basket fungus or the white basket fungus, alluding to the fruit bodies that are shaped somewhat like a round or oval ball with interlaced or latticed branches. While the immature volvae are edible, the mature fruit body is foul-smelling and covered with a slime layer containing spores on the inner surfaces.
Prior to the opening of the volva, the fruit body is egg-shaped and white to grayish in color. After opening, it is a whitish ball of meshes.
This fungus grows alone or clustered together near woody debris, in lawns, gardens, and cultivated soil.
The immature volvae are edible, if unappealing.