Very strange-looking!

wodkaJanuary 7, 2009

I will try to describe it as best I can, and if I see more, I'll take a picture and post, but here's the deal.

Over the last month or so, including today, I have come across the strangest looking "growth" in the woods near our house - the likes of I've never seen before. The base of it looks like a soft white egg, sometimes single, sometimes a cluster of small "eggs." When this egg ripens, these bright orange tentacle looking things grow out of it? Whatever it is, it attracts insects of some kind, so it's almost like it's alive. Totally gross and disgusting looking.

Any ideas? I brought my husband out to look at them and he wouldn't get near them. Brave man, huh.

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turtle_lover(9 LA)

yuck.. i have a problem with those in one of my gardens. It's a fungus. And boy do you want to get it out before it opens. They smell horrible!

Clathrus crispus

The "eggs" grow under leaves that fell in the fall (dark moist place
I remove them by handone at a time and shovel them into a plastic bag and throw them away. I'd wash your utensils afterwards too.

Here is a link that might be useful: mushroomexpert.com

    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 6:30PM
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wodka

turtle lover, thank you so much! That is exactly what I have - in fact, looking on the mushroomexpert.com website, mine is the clathrus columnatus. I haven't smelled mine yet - but when my stomach calms down - ha- I'll go out and check for more.

Thanks, again, and good luck with yours!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 9:05AM
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