It looks like a carrot sticking out of the ground!

chateauclubcrestMay 28, 2008

I was working in my yard and discovered some bizarre looking growths that look like an upside-down reddish orange carrot sticking up from the ground--it scared me at first!

Does anyone know what it is? I found it in 3 different places, all of which are mulched with rough, not pretty shredded leftover brush, etc that we get for free.

Thanks!

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hipgardener(8)

Sounds like a fungus but a picture would help.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 8:42AM
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alfie_md6

It's a stinkhorn fungus.

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/july99.html

Scroll down to see a picture of an orange stinkhorn.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 10:13AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

carrot is putting it mildly, IMO.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 10:59AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm really surprised that the OP didn't mention the lovely aroma wafting in the vicinity of these things. Yikes!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 2:21PM
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chateauclubcrest

Thanks for the pics--the one I have is the second one down on the left.

I didn't smell anything, but I didn't get too close, either. I've only found three "carrots" so far.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 6:59AM
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jbann23(6 RI)

Oh yes, the heavenly stinkhorn. I've seen a few and smelled the fetid aroma. They actually draw flies they smell so bad. The first I ever encountered was beside a headstone in an old graveyard. All sorts of images came to mind until I realized it was a mushroom (fungus). I can't imagine eating those things although they are edible, ugh.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 7:43AM
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