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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 15, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Last Winter when I walked into the Tropical's Greenhouse I was greeted with the most nauseating smell imagined! It turned out to be Clathrus columnatus - Stinkhorn Fungus.

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A few days ago when I walked into the Tropical's Greenhouse that same smell. I looked around and found it, dug it up and tossed it over the fence. Since then, the smell hadn't gone away so I knew there were more. I rooted around the Cypress Mulch and sure enough found another .. it hadn't quite bloomed yet and looked like a Puff Ball - after digging it up I saw the telltale orange color underneath. I threw it over the fence. Smell was still there and looked even further. The total count so far 8 and the smell is still there but not as strong .. so I know there are more.

So if you want one of these babies for your very own, here's what you do!

Get some fresh Cypress Mulch.

Water it down real good so it's nice and damp.

Enclose the mulch in a dark space that gets really warm but not hot.

Wait about 6 - 8 weeks and voila! Your very own Stinkhorn!

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 16, 2014 4:58 PM CST
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Frillylily
Dec 16, 2014 5:38 PM CST
is this fungus in the database? I can't find it?
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2014 7:13 PM CST
No .. I don't think we have a fungus database.
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Frillylily
Dec 16, 2014 10:25 PM CST
hmmm. that is unfortunate. Is fungas a plant? Well, we need a database for that. Mushrooms and lichens and mosses and fungases have feelings too !
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 16, 2014 10:29 PM CST
Fungi, plural of fungus is not a plant nor a animal. It's in a class of its own. Mosses are plants.
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Frillylily
Dec 16, 2014 10:50 PM CST
I guess that is right, it has been a long time since science class! It still seems like a section for photos and info about fungus and such would be helpful here. I think mushrooms are a fungus? I found some such things in my yard this past summer and thought they were interesting and took photos and one I would like to ID at some point because it was interesting and I have since noticed more of them.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 17, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Yes, mushrooms are fungi.
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gingin
Dec 17, 2014 1:07 PM CST
Frillylily said:I guess that is right, it has been a long time since science class! It still seems like a section for photos and info about fungus and such would be helpful here. I think mushrooms are a fungus? I found some such things in my yard this past summer and thought they were interesting and took photos and one I would like to ID at some point because it was interesting and I have since noticed more of them.


Post your pic in the ID forum and see if someone can ID it for you
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jan 11, 2015 8:34 AM CST
Hey this may become the go to place for pics of Fungi and Identification, not a bird, plane or superman, its Fungi.
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woofie
Jan 17, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Able to stink small buildings with a single sprout!
Hilarious!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 17, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Lol .. that's a good one!
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woofie
Jan 17, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Look! There in the ground! It's absurd! It's Insane! It's Super-fungus!
(Heh, I've been practicing. Big Grin )

More powerful than a cat box, able to stink small buildings with a single sprout,

Yes, it's Super-fungus, strange visitor from another plant, who came to your garden with powers and olfactory abilities far beyond those of morrel fruits. Super-fungus, who can change the course of sinus drainage, bend stomachs with it's bare scent, and who, disguised as a mild mannered mushroom, fights a never ending battle for fruits! Disgust! And a place in the compost heap!

(Hey, that big "S" DOES stand for Stinkhorn, right?)
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 17, 2015 6:54 PM CST
ROLF .. did you forget to take your meds again?
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woofie
Jan 17, 2015 7:04 PM CST
What can I say? I've been inspired. (So to speak. Hilarious! )
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 17, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Lol .. thanks every so much for the great laughs .. I really needed it.

I've dug about 10 more out of the mulch in the last 3 weeks .. today was the first time I walked into the gh and didn't smell anything bad.
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gingin
Jan 18, 2015 3:52 PM CST
Ya'll are too funny. Did I mention that I have a picture of one hanging in my bathroom? Blinking
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 20, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Fabulous, you guys! Tears running down my face from laughing . . . Rolling on the floor laughing

We get stinkhorns in the garden as soon as the weather warms up. Whew, what a smell, like a dead body. First I look for flies (who carry the brown goo with the spores around to other places) then usually follow the smell to the shroom. Last year I had a 'cage' type one as well, but have so far failed to find the picture. Will keep looking. Really pretty, just as stinky.

Anne, you could offer 'starts" on the Trades forum, there are people who really like growing things that stink - like . . . dare I mention . .. amorphophallus. One fellow on the Orchids forum has the one that when it flowers looks like a hunk of dead meat lying on the ground, and smells like a dead cow. He says his neighbor loves to josh him about the smell, asking if he's been burying his victims again.
Elaine

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 20, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Lol, Elaine, I must confess to throwing some of the ones I dig up over the fence into my hated neighbors yard. So far, no new ones in the last 2 weeks .. keeping my fingers crossed there won't be anymore.

I actually grow Amorphophallus Konjac .. they haven't bloomed for me yet, but they really are pretty plants. I'll report on the flower stink once one blooms and let you know if it's worse than the Clathrus.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 20, 2015 1:42 PM CST
Sshh, we won't tell. Hilarious! about you seeding your neighbor's yard with stinky fungi. But . . . if you are downwind, you may still suffer the smell. When you toss them, be sure to toss them the way the wind is blowing.

The foliage on the amorphs really is lovely, and I think the rotting corpse smell only lasts a couple of days . . . Rolling my eyes.
Elaine

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