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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 20, 2012 11:48 AM CST
Don't know anything about mushrooms but this looks like one of some sort. I have never seen anything like it before. The flies like it! So...anyone know what it is? Thanks, Maridell
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dave
Jul 20, 2012 12:25 PM CST

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Is that growing in the ground? Are there trees nearby? What kind of mulch is that?

The colors remind me of Hygrocybes.
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 20, 2012 1:35 PM CST
The mulch is wood and is under a tree, there is a fabric barrior from the dirt, although it maybe breaking down so there could be a little soil. The area gets only a small amount of morning sun and is shady the rest of the day.

None of the caps were open...maybe if there are new ones tomorrow morning I can get a better photo. Hygrocybes does not quiet seem right but again without a cap open it is hard to tell.
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gingin
Jul 20, 2012 3:02 PM CST
I believe it is a stinkhorn...don't know the scientific name, but a search of stinkhorn should get you there. There are many varieties. We get them here quite often...they smell nasty which is one reason the flies like them so much.
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
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gingin
Jul 20, 2012 3:09 PM CST
this is what "mine" usually look likeThumb of 2012-07-20/gingin/175810

when they first poke through the ground they kinda look like a puff ball
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 20, 2012 3:38 PM CST
Went outside just a minute ago to see if these have an "odor" but they are pretty much spent. I did however pick one up out of the ground (using a couple pieces of the mulch) and this is what it looks like.

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this stuff is gross Hilarious!
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JRsbugs
Jul 20, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Maybe Phallus rubicundus ..

http://mushroomobserver.org/71782?q=Rcw5

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

Mutinus elegans is similar but not sure about the tip,

http://mushroomobserver.org/76242?q=Rcw5

http://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/98187?obs=50259...

There's four pages of stinkhorns ..

http://mushroomobserver.org/species_list/show_species_list/1...
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 20, 2012 6:46 PM CST
Janet, looking at your links (thanks so very much!) I agree that Mutinus elegans was close...but the tip was a problem.

I believe the last link you gave to stinkhorns provides the correct answer (as Ginger also suspected). Phallus rubicundus seems to fit the bill. While some of the photos show the cap as being blackish, there are also some photos with the red cap. I believe we can close this one! Thanks everyone, I appreciate your help! Smiling
Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 21, 2012 8:26 AM CST
I know I closed this yesterday but just want to share a photo from this morning. Cap is brown/black.
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JRsbugs
Jul 21, 2012 10:18 AM CST
It certainly does fit Phallus rubicundus ..

http://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/stinkhorn/species...

I dare you to dissect it. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 21, 2012 11:38 AM CST
Janet, those are great photos at that link! Why would I need to dissect mine....when I can enjoy the professional photos you found Rolling on the floor laughing

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