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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 23, 2012 2:42 PM CST
My hubby moved over a planter, raked over the mulch under it, removed the landscape fabric and found these things growing under. At first I thought they were mushrooms..but it felt firm like a potato or a turnip. This area of the yard was just clay dirt before and I did not plant any rooting bulb there either..

Anyone knows these?

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 25, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Scleroderma bovista maybe?
http://web.guernsey.net/~cdavid/botany/files/scleroderma%20b...
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gingin
Apr 25, 2012 12:49 PM CST
I *think* I found one in a BIG pot this morning. Thought it was a "petrified" puff ball...but perhaps one of those..will have to go back and see if I can find where I pitched it.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 25, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Thanks woofie! It does seem to look like it Big Grin Since I do not know what to do with them, I placed them in one of my other containers. Interesting to find stuff around when you least expect them.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 25, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Hey, that's just a wild guess, based on a google search for "potato-like mushrooms." Hilarious! And that was only because I know that some mushrooms are fairly solid, but the only ones I've actually encountered were growing on trees or fallen logs. Have you tried cutting one open?
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 25, 2012 1:43 PM CST
Oh I did not want to cut them...they look happy Big Grin But your wild guess looked right on!
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gingin
Apr 25, 2012 2:23 PM CST
coundn't find the one I pitched, but if I do it will get cut open
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woofie
Apr 25, 2012 3:05 PM CST
Hey, maybe they're truffles! Hilarious! Drooling
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gingin
Apr 25, 2012 4:14 PM CST
does that mean I have to get a pig? Rolling my eyes. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
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tarev
Apr 25, 2012 4:19 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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woofie
Apr 26, 2012 8:56 AM CST
Only if you prefer pork chops to truffles! Hmmm, or pork chops WITH truffles! Drooling Hilarious!
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gingin
Apr 27, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing ya'll are so good for a [pork] belly laugh Whistling

I found the one I pitched yesterday...was looking by the wrong pot Shrug! got pics,but have to dump them on the 'puter...will post hopefully tomorrow
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woofie
Apr 27, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Oh, that will be fun to see! What color were they inside?
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gingin
Apr 27, 2012 3:19 PM CST
strange...not a color, but you'll see
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gingin
Apr 27, 2012 3:32 PM CST
OK...the dogs all feel like their throats have been cut...dinner is late for them...but here are pics. Not the best. I should have taken pics of the whole before cutting into it, but as we all know hindsite is 20/20 Rolling on the floor laughing 2 are with flash and 2 without
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goldfinch4
Apr 27, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Those sure are some strange things!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 27, 2012 4:04 PM CST
Wow, those sure don't look like the pictures of the cut mushrooms I was looking at! Very strange!

And your pups are spoiled. "The mommy giveth and the mommy taketh away...on her own schedule!" (At least that's what I TRY to tell my crew!) Hilarious!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 4:28 PM CST
Could it be this type of mushroom?
http://mushroomobserver.org/name/show_name?_js=on&_new=true&...
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 27, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Could be just about anything! Hilarious! I couldn't find anything in the description of that particular mushroom to indicate if it has a firm texture like you originally described. Mushroom ID is a difficult proposition. I spent a fair amount of time with a mushroom hunting/identification group associated with the LA County Museum many long years ago and even the experts have difficulty sometimes. Assuming, of course, that this IS a mushroom! Smiling
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 5:39 PM CST
I agree nodding

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