Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, November 23, 2009

Solve a mystery

I had a different post in mind for you today but no worries, I'll do that one tomorrow. This one can't wait. I'm in a tizzy of curiosity. What the hell is it?

I went out to get the mail and saw these growing in my flower bed. The beds were sadly neglected this year as we did nothing with them due to all the remodeling work outside this summer. Amidst all the old mulch, dead roots, acorns, leaves and weeds is this big orange tube smeared with gunk at the pointy tip. It's about the size of my little finger.


The stench from these strange growths is amazing.



This one had what looks to be "dead" ones next to it.




If you break one off (with a stick, ewww) they are hollow inside. Hold your breath while you look!
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Anyone have a clue? My best guess is they are some sort of fungus. I hope someone knows for sure what they are!
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Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

37 comments:

Sue said...

Mutant carrots???? My guess is that they are a type of fungus which attracts blowflies or something similar.

corinna said...

eeeeew
like a possessed carrot

nature is amazing

valerie said...

Ewww!! It kind of looks like a carrot if you ignore that green stuff. I googled really quick and it looks like it's something called elegant stinkhorn. Hardly anything elegant about it. Yuk! I wonder how you get rid of it?

Jackie said...

Ewww! Stinky and slimy looking. I hope that you find out it is something GOOD!

Monsoon said...

You have a stinkhorn fungus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinkhorn

they have the best family name in the whole biological world Phallaceae! how cool is that? I suspect after reading the article you have one in the genus Mutinus (another cool name)

Nita said...

Hi Daffycat - I think your strange growths are the appropriately named stinkhorns - a type of mushroom. They do have a very strong gtoss smell.

Becky K in OK said...

So sorry, I have no clue and I've never seen anything like it either! Hope someone knows. I'm guessing it has to be aliens getting ready to give birth. Hehe.

RuthB said...

Ewww. I have no clue, but maybe you want to call Scully and Mulder?

Parsley said...

Yes, it is a fungus...a type of mushroom. They stink like rotten meat and flies like them. I've not identified them but I'm sure they are poisonous due to the color.

Karyn said...

I knew someone would have the answer, as I sure didn't :) I just wanted to add a "huh" and a "gross" to the list :)

Julie said...

An Alien!!!

Theresa said...

First I thought it's a wierd looking carrot, but it's hollow inside!!! I have to say it looks pretty disgusting...... What the hell is it????

Ranae said...

I believe it is stinkhorn, the name sounds terrible itself, lol

Myra said...

Ewwwww! It looks positively gross.

Pumpkin said...

I see your mystery has been solved! I was going to say it was a rotten carrot but carrot's aren't hollow ;o) LOL!

Missy Ann said...

Weren't those from a meteor in a Stephen King book?

lenna said...

I concur with Karyn I knew someone would know what it was. Gross ~ positively ~ Ewww ~ and Uck! I didn't have a clue except I thought it was some kind of mushroom since it was next to one. Like a blow fly has to find something else to lay it's eggs in.
God Bless ~
Lenna

CindyMae said...

Trying to get caught up here. I thought carrot at first, but I will agree with the fungi! Your Daffy Cat was simply gorgeous btw!!

Christine said...

Yeuch, they are like dead mutant fingers! Pretty sure its a fungus though

Annette said...

eeeeeww!!! it looks ........ extrminate the orange bastards...

Angela said...

I thought it was a carrot when I first saw the post.

Stitched your new reindeer yesterday, with a couple of alterations. Hopefully get it posted on my blog later. A fun little stitch.

Annie said...

Just don't serve them for Thanksgiving dinner!

Rachael said...

Well I had no idea except some mutant carrot, but luckily sounds like some of the other ladies know their fungus

Julie said...

Ewwwww how horrid, rather you than me!!! Keep well back and stay inside LOL

Carol R said...

Yuk - it definitely looks like an alien carrot!

Carol said...

Gosh, the things I learn from "stitching blogs" LOL--stinkhorns, who knew!!! Ewww. Yuk. Gross. Disgusting...etc.!

Claire said...

Ewww yuk, don't know what it is sorry.

Mel said...

Yuck, yuck!
I hope you are able to get rid of them.

Rachel S said...

Ewwww

Stitcher said...

Weird looking, but here's more pics.

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/mutinus_elegans.html

Lindsay said...

Ewwwww my first thought was a rotten carrot but then I'm useless at gardening :)

Lainey said...

Ewwwww they look so gross!

Erynne said...

Neato! I have found some interesting fungi in my gardens but nothing as curious as that!

Vicky said...

Eww, looks like the worm things in the movie Dune LOL

Lillie said...

It does looked awful!! gotta be some kind of a fungus, thou I haven't seen one from where I am from...considering where I am from is full of rainforest. Do be careful thou, in case its poisonous

Karan said...

One of Mother Nature's weirder creations for sure. LOL

Amy said...

They stink to high heaven - I bet you put mulch in your flower bed? We have them around here. My mom has them the worst where they've put a lot of mulch. She has pulled up hundreds of them to get rid of the odor. We have had them grow in our yard here & there, and yes, they are UGLY & they stink. I know they won't hurt you if you want to pull them up - IF you can stand the stench!!!