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jeradandholly1
Bonita Springs, FL

January 26, 2013
5:56 PM

Post #9398558

Last week we discovered what looked like a snake egg that had opened and was empty half buried against our edging.Today in the the same place theres this wierd growth that appears to possibly be coming out of another buried egg type thing It looks like red coral. This plant is soft to the touch and has attracted flies and gnats. Im clueless as to what is growing out back. Any ideas????

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 26, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9398577

A larger picture would help, but perhaps Corynaea sp.?
jeradandholly1
Bonita Springs, FL

January 26, 2013
6:43 PM

Post #9398601

try this pic

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 26, 2013
6:52 PM

Post #9398624

That's better. Thanks.
Looks like a fungus called Clathrus crispus.
http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=clathrus crispus'&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=E5YEUZ65C6mxiwK53oHIDA&biw=1655&bih=984&sei=GJYEUfHLGuGyiQLQ2IHoDA
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/clathrus_crispus.html

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jeradandholly1
Bonita Springs, FL

January 26, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9398670

altagardener Thank You! Thats it 100%. what a resource this website is.
SoooSirius
Municipality of Murr, PA

January 31, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9403825

*smiles* Another one of our friends the Stink fungi! The flies and gnats are helping it to reproduce. They are non-poisonous and good decomposers of wood.

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