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Column Stinkhorn

Clathrus columnatus


Sponge like and very stinky!! (Fruiting Body: 5-15 cm high, consisting of 2-6 curved arms arising separately (not from a shared stem) and joining at the top to form a "roof"; pinkish to reddish or orangish; upper area of inner surfaces at first covered with a foul-smelling, olive brown slime. When young encased in white eggs; the egg tissue creates a white volva around the branch bases when the mushroom matures.-Mushroom


I found growing just underneath some decaying leaves.


This had a pungent odor to it. I raked it up when clearing some decaying leaves but it was really interesting to find.

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MelissaFerguson 7 years ago

Thank you everyone for the comments and the favorites! Thanks especially to auntnance 123 for the ID!

ForestDragon 7 years ago

You are absolutely right to put it under Fungi! Though, smelly, these are very beautiful. I found some of these when I was visiting my grandmother down in Hilton Head Island, SC. Though the ones I found were a bit more mature than yours:

auntnance123 7 years ago

Nice spotting.

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Melbourne, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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