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bjgbjk
Apr 25, 2017 10:43 AM CST
A friend has had these appear in her yard in late February for two years now. We have no idea what they are. Any thoughts?

There are about 5 of them each year. Each one is a circular depression, maybe 3 inches across. There is hardened goo in the hole and black leathery leaves around it. They arrive in late February, looking dead already.

Fungus? Dead plant? Interplanetary portal? Any theories happily considered.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 25, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Welcome!

Its a fungus called Earthstars.
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bjgbjk
Apr 25, 2017 11:08 AM CST
That's it! Thanks! And in just 14 minutes, too. Very impressed.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 25, 2017 11:19 AM CST
I had to put this on "watch" since it's so interesting. Thanks, Daisy!
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