What is this black-chile-looking thing?
Since I am in Florida, I will start here. While weeding a perennial peanut bed today, I came across a small (4" x 10") patch of these things clustered together. They were arranged so as to point upward, about 1 1/2 to 2" apart. I didn't dig down in an attempt to trace roots. They are hard, woody, on the dry side and as you can see, black. Insides are white. The two larger ones illustrate the above ground portion. Never saw them before and wondering if anyone knows what they are. ??