Plant ID forum: Weird fungus in Houston

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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Feb 11, 2013 4:37 PM CST
My friend has these growing in her yard. Any ideas??
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Feb 12, 2013 12:26 PM CST
Hi Marilyn. Those are called Stinkhorns and I think yours is a cluster of Clathrus columnatus (no. 29 in the list...click for images) or an individual stinkhorn called Stinky squid Pseudocolus fusiformis (no. 18) it is a bit hard to say for sure from the picture.

here is a link with general info and pictures

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/phallaceae.html
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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: Texas Daylilies Lilies
Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Marylyn
Feb 12, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Thank you, Moonhowl!!!
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moonhowl
Feb 12, 2013 6:45 PM CST
You are most welcome Marylyn. My husband and I refer to them as architect fungus....the have such interesting structures and so varied. They reek, but are fascinating. Green Grin!

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