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DroughtTolerant wrote: What is this??? It is the weirdest thing! Some kind of fungus? Usually I am pretty good at researching answers myself, but this is harder, not knowing what words to search for. I found thing in my front yard - in Southern Calif, about 6 miles from the coast, slightly south of Los Angeles. It was mostly underground, with just a white knob visible at ground level. No stem, no gills.
At first I thought it was some ordinary mushroom, but no way! This is filled with clear GOO! Could it be from outer space? Is it a plant, egg, or other being? What the heck is this? (I washed my hands after touching it, just in case) :-)
Small skinny root at bottom, white ball, some brown markings on one side. I don't remember which way the browned side was facing when I picked it up. (Sunburn?) Sort of looks like a pear shaped egg. About 1 inch tall,top to bottom. No major smell. The skin is sort of tough and flexible. But it was cracked when I noticed it (or maybe because I grabbed it), which is how I noticed the strange clear gelatin goo, with white jelly and a brownish, greyish dark center. Aakk! =:-0
I've seen these things only a couple of times before, and even after searching everywhere, I still don't know what it is. I already searched Daves Garden for "fungus" and looked at 14 pages of results, but maybe what I found is rare? A helpful person linked to the WMMA Mushroom Key, but they didn't have a photo of this gooey filled weirdness. http://www.fungaljungal.org/key/key.html
Maybe I already killed it by poking it open, but because I'm curious, I put it into a small pot of compost after taking the photos. Please take a look at the 5 photos I posted today (all of the same one thing) and tell me if you know what this is. It was growing by itself, just the one.