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Victoria, Australia
EricKendall
Dec 14, 2017 2:31 AM CST
I found this in Clematis Park reserve Emerald, Victoria, Australia. It was sitting on the ground with the tapered back section in a hole.There was only grass tufts around it. No visible foliage.
I've never seen anything like this before.
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Meant to say that's the first time here for me. Great resource. Thanks for any help.
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DaisyI
Dec 14, 2017 3:12 AM CST
Welcome!

Looks like a fungus called Stinkhorn. Very cool discovery.
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Victoria, Australia
EricKendall
Dec 14, 2017 3:48 AM CST
Thanks Daisy. I just found this image on Google images when I did a search for "stinkhorn".
I'd never even heard of it before.
I wonder how rare it is.
Like I said earlier, I've never seen one anywhere before . It just seems so strange to have one only. No others anywhere. I'll have to follow this up.
Thanks again.
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Name: Carole
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carolem
Dec 14, 2017 4:00 AM CST
Hi Eric,

I have seen these in the past - perhaps they come about from spores in things like wood-mulch chips. They kind of melt away and in the meantime flies are attracted to them (as I remember).

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Victoria, Australia
EricKendall
Dec 14, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Thanks Carolem, This is just fascinating. Nature never ceases to amaze me. I'll probably never see another one for the rest of my life!!!
Name: stone
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stone
Dec 14, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Actually... they're quite common in gardens mulched with wood chips...

This site claims they actually immigrated from Australia:
http://www.first-nature.com/fu...
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Victoria, Australia
EricKendall
Dec 14, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Interesting site, thanks stone. I wonder if spores can be collected from the dried specimen.
Name: stone
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stone
Dec 14, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Not sure how you would go about attempting to collect spores... But, if you just go ahead and mulch the garden with woodchips... they should be as common at your house as they are at mine.... give the woodchips several months to break down...

Here in the States, the tree trimming companies will often drop off a truckload of woodchips at your house if they are working nearby.

Personally, I've followed the truck around town until it stopped... just to ask for a delivery.
They are usually happy to drop off a truckload for $20 or something.

Victoria, Australia
EricKendall
Dec 14, 2017 7:36 PM CST
Yes it's pretty much the same here in Australia stone. We've used wood chips in the garden here off and on for 30 years, but have never seen one of those Stinkhorns. We're down south though and apparently they are more prolific in the tropics (according to your link).
Thanks again.
Eric

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