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Hi - Found this pod hiking around Austin and could use some help identifying it. Want to make sure it's not poisonous. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks, all. Mr. Smarty Plants @ the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center knew what this was, and it turns out to be a 'Fun Guy'...that is -
"It is one of the stinkhorns (Family Phallaceae)--probably Phallus impudicus or, perhaps, Phallus hadriani. The 'pod' is actually an immature fruiting body, sometimes called a 'witch's egg' or in French 'oeuf de diable'. Here are some links to more information and photos: