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Ferns, Fungi and Mosses: is this scary looking or what !

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marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9171097

About 2 weeks ago, I was watering my cannas that I had transplanted. As I looked down I noticed this serpent looking ----thing---- coming from the ground.
Thought it was strange, and decided to just let it grow and see what comes of it. Well, it got nastier looking as the days went by. Got to be about 8 inches
tall and then I noticed that it appeared to be bleeding, or so it looked that way. I also noticed that a few flies were on it. What in the ------ heck is this ? My
nurseryman didnt remember its name but said it was a fungus and that the flies are the ones that carry the spores around yard to yard. It had no smell. When
I kicked it over , it snapped and was hollow inside with multiple tubes surrounding it. I know someone out there in DAVES GARDEN knows what it is !
It was freaking me out. I've included 3 pics of it for your viewing pleasure. Mark

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9171164

Yep, your nurseryman is right, it's a fungus, a species of stinkhorn. If you'd found it a day or two earlier, you'd have noticed the smell, but that one's old enough for the smell to have dispersed.

Resin
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2012
11:45 PM

Post #9175361

Thanks RESIN for your response. Am glad its gone, but should I be expecting any more of these fungi to be raising their ugly heads in my garden again ? What sort of conditions do they like ? Thanks again.

mark
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2012
2:13 AM

Post #9175419

These are absolutely fascinating fungi - I would be thrilled to find one in my garden!

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/phallaceae.html

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9176205

They grow in mulch and compost, and are harmless (if a bit smelly!).

Resin
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9188673

Well, I got another one growing, much thinner and not as tall by any means. Its just growing in regular dirt beneath my canna lilies. Its about 4 inches away from where the other one was growing. Is this a UK thing, because you both are from the UK. I have never seen nor heard of such a fungi, and my nurseryman couldnt even find a name for it, just the fact that it is a fungi. Thank you both for you input. Have a great week to come !

Mark

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9188978

marksgrdn wrote: Is this a UK thing

Nope, they're worldwide

Resin
perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

September 23, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9283892

I had a stinkhorn that resembled a morel that popped up one day some years back. When I saw it I thought no way! When I smelled it I realized what it was but never knew their was a stinkhorn morel even though I know of stinkhorns. If I can find the pic I took of it Ill show it.
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2012
11:14 PM

Post #9306679

that would be cool to see " perk ", thanks for your input as well. i believe in the phrase : theres a first time for everything.

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TrumpetFlowerz
Ft Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 10, 2013
3:37 AM

Post #9725164

LOL, Mark, your original shots of the dying stinkhorns remind me of the blasted underground worms in movie 'Tremors'. I get them almost every spring, and they really are fascinating, even if they are also ugly to some.

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