Funny Fungi

I’ve stumbled upon some of the weirdest mushrooms/fungi in the mulch around the house this year.  Today I found these strange fluorescent orange cones both in the mulch and one on the path down to the woods.  I have been unable to find anything like it in the online mushroom identification sources.  Whatever, I don’t plan to eat it.

0916141315Here are two growing out of the mulch, about four inches high so far.  There is a curled up wooly caterpillar between them, for perspective, although he would not cooperate and stretch out.

Earlier in the summer we kept finding these patches of fluorescent yellow on the mulch.  At first we were concerned, thinking one of the dogs had vomited something awful.  Later in the day it turned an ugly greyish brown and by the next day it had faded away to crumbles.  Then it started showing up randomly all around the house.  This one I was able to find online, and it is called “Slime Mold.”  Pretty appetizing name, as well!

Yellow_slime_mold

 

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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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3 Responses to Funny Fungi

  1. MIME says:

    Here’s something from Wikipedia that looks like yours: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutinus_elegans

    Commonly known as The Devil’s Dipstick. 🙂

    ME

  2. bluestempond says:

    So, it could be “Devil’s Dipstick” or maybe “Dog Stinkhorn”. My son came up with the second name from his own searching.

  3. MIME says:

    I believe they are colloquial terms for the same fungus. For your setting Dog Stinkhorn seems the way to go!

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