Orange and Green Slimy Mushroom/Fungus?

holly08September 5, 2006

I found a really weird thing in my shady hosta bed. It had two "spikes" each about 1/2" in diameter by 6" long, orange on the bottom part and dark green on the upper inch or so, shaped kinda like a long green bean. The green part was slimy. I went to take a picture the next day and they were deflated and gooey. What was this thing?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Your description sounds like one of the stinkhorn fungi, Mutinus caninus. If not, try again with a different description and we'll see if we can't ID it for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dog thingie fungus

    Bookmark   September 7, 2006 at 2:19PM
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bspofford

You are describing what I cooked for dinner the other night. I thought my husband had wolfed it down, now I know where he threw it!
And Rhizo, just exactly what is a dog thingie? Is this a technical term I never heard in my mushroom club? I call any object a 'thingie' when I forget its name, which happens more often these days.
Seriously, you had me busting a gut on this one....

Barbara

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 10:38PM
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sharknud

It could be mutinus elegans (Devil's Dipstick).The green slime is the spore mass which smells like rotting flesh . This is what attracts flies to it for spore dispersial.They are very common in wood chip mulch.The egg stage before they pop out of the ground is edible and pretty good.You want to be 100% sure you correctly ID it before eating it.This is the case for any wild mushroom.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 11:08PM
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