Yes, you read that right.
There’s an entire genus of fungus called Phallus. The common name is stinkhorn (insert giggle here) and species include such gems as:
- P. drewesii, P. calongei, P. ravenelii, and P. hadriani, all named after mycologists – i.e. the names translate as Drewes’, Calonge’s, Ravenel’s, and Hadrian’s respective phalluses
- the type species P. impudicus (impudicus translates to “shameless” or “unchaste”)
- P. minusculus, P. pygmaeus, P. tenuis, and P. tenuissimus, which don’t require any knowledge of Latin to translate
There is a shocking lack of names like “P. maximus“, “P. longissimus“, or “P. grandis“.
But wait, there’s more! There’s a genus of plants in the family Araceae (which includes calla lilies, philodendron, and duckweed) called Amorphophallus. I leave you to peruse and giggle at the list of species on your own.
There is also a shocking lack of genera named after female genitalia. (There is a snail called Volva, but the etymology is a bit unclear.) Taxonomists, take note.