Thursday, 20 March 2014

do you know what mushroom this is?





I was having a glance over my raspberries to see whether they are flowering yet (they aren't) when my nose picked up on a disgusting stench. A foul, musty, almost rotting, earthy smell was rising from the ground, and flies were buzzing everywhere around it.

When I looked closer, to try and find the source of the offending odour, I was quite shocked at what I discovered. A whole little family of amazing looking mushrooms poking their heads through the soil. Sticky, honeycombed, orangey brown tops with fancy, lacy underskirts. So pretty, but goodness what a smell!

I'm not 100% percent sure, but after lots of googling and question asking (a big thanks to all those on instagram who helped me out), I'm wondering if they are Stinkhorns? It would certainly be an appropriate name for them.

Now I'm thinking about it,  I've seen these funny little egg shaped fungi all around the place recently. I'm wondering if they are just immature versions of the same thing? If they are it's a bumper year for these little fellas.

Have you seen these before? Are they stinkhorns? If you know what they are, please do share!

19 comments:

  1. I don't know what they are - they sound delightfully stinky!
    I do have a gif on my tumblr that's pretty awesome of one quite similar coming out of the ground.
    http://headinthesun.tumblr.com/post/47346416610/milkattack-phallus-indusiatus-bridal-veil
    It is tagged Phallus indusiatus; Bridal veil mushroom


    Today I saw a giant fungi in the carpark of my local Spotlight
    and it had actually pushed it's way through the bitumen tarmac - can you believe that?!

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    1. That gif is amazing. Quite similar to mine as well.
      I've seen those crazy mushrooms pushing their way through the bitumen as well! I can't believe the power they have in them to do that, it's really very impressive (and shows how determined they are to spread their spores!)

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  2. Wow, they look amazing. All wizardy and stinky fairy like. I've never seen anything like them before xo

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    1. They do don't they? They look like they'd make an evil potion!

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  3. I'm not a mushroom fan but they do look amazing in the photos. All that colour and texture. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. Definitely very interesting to look at! I love looking at cool mushrooms/toadstools :)

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  4. Yup, I'm pretty sure that's a Stinkhorn, or Phallus Impudicus (no idea how good your Latin is but I expect you can guess what that translates to!)

    Pleased to have discovered your blog via your comment on mine. I'll be back :)

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    1. Thanks so much for coming and saying hi! Yes, I think this mushroom has been very appropriately named ;)

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  5. First the rabbit testes eggplant and now this?! I'm going to have to put a filter on this wonderful blog of yours!! :)
    I know nothing of funghi but enough latin to guess the others have nominated the right answer!

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    1. We might be attracting some of the same readers McStitch ;) I can only imagine how disappointed they are when they land here at my blog!

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  6. I love fresh mushrooms but I am pretty cagey about which ones I would eat. I have no idea what that is!

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    1. Oh me too! I wouldn't eat these (even if you paid me)- i'm not sure if they're poisonous, but the slime and smell tell me to stay well clear of them! I actually only eat one type of wild field mushroom (one that I'm 100% sure is OK)!

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  7. Now these look surreal!!! Like they are out of a movie! I have never encountered them before! Your photo of them is gorgeous!

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    1. They are fascinating to look at aren't they! I haven't seem them before either.

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  8. they look a little rude *cue teenage sniggering* but hten peopel have noted here that tey are 'phallus' fungi.
    oh dear.

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    1. sorry for typos. obviously too distracted by the idea of phallus fungi.
      i'm not usually like this, honestly!

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  9. no idea what they are but thanks for the laugh :D Jan x

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  10. coming from heather blog (beauty that moves) and looking forward to your kitchen post next thursday!
    Arent't these mushrooms, morels? Considered a gourmet mushroom in my kitchen :o)
    They will start to grow any day now here in Switzerland… well if the weather keeps getting warmer… But they are very difficult to find 'in the wild'. So I sometimes buy them at the grocery market.

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for coming over and saying hi! These do look a bit like morels don't they! I'm not a mushroom expert but I'm fairly certain they aren't. They smell really terrible and have a lacy underskirt on them and a slimy appearance as well, which I don't think morels have. I would love it if they were morels though!! That would be something!

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