Crazy mushroom

piranhafemNovember 12, 2010

I checked the fern/lichen/moss/mushroom forum and it's dead in there, so hopefully I won't get in trouble for posting this here...

I found the craziest mushroom in one of my tree wells today. It's an oak tree (don't know the species) with a fairly heavy mulch of composted chicken bedding, i.e. pine shavings full of chicken poop. Has anyone seen one of these before? Anyone know what the heck it is? After doing some googling I'm going to guess it's a "false truffle" of some kind. It was a little smaller than my fist.

--Maureen

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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

You don't say how big it is, but it looks very like the stinkhorn "eggs" that they form underground in damp mulch before they break through the ground.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 2:39PM
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piranhafem

My last sentence was, "It's a little smaller than my fist." Tennis-ball sized, roughly. I will keep an eye out for a stinkhorn, but this thing was above ground, not under the mulch. The whole bulbous fruiting body was exposed. I thought it was a rock at first, then for a second I thought maybe a rotting potato had escaped from the compost bin!

Thanks for the reply, I had given up hope. :-)

--Maureen

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 10:07PM
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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

Sorry I didn't pay enough attention to what you wrote.

Whatever you have looks yukky.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 11:02AM
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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

How about a puffball?

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 1:12PM
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piranhafem

Hmmm, maybe... I stepped on a lot of puffballs back east when I was a kid, but never saw one like this. I'll look into it, though.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 3:07PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

I'm not well versed at all in mushrooms (other than harvesting chantrelles in the Pacific Northwest) but I did want to say that this is really fun to see, so thanks for posting it. Let us know if you find a definite ID. Neat!

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 1:55PM
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