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Twisted Yellow Thing

First I will apologise for not taking a pic of this but things at home have been a bit topsy turvy as we had to get the vet out this afternoon, and I got a bit behindhand.

To get on with this, I was cutting the grass out front today and noticed a lot of yellow things growing in amongst the grass. Most are very small still but one or two were bigger. The biggest one was about 2 inches long and curled like a corkscrew. They are all bright yellow, and very firmly 'rooted' to the ground. There are no leaves, it's a single column of growth but I have never seen anything like it before.

What could it be? I have had a look in my 'mushroom & toadstool' book but can't find it. 


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Hello maryplain, sorry to hear about the vet. Always stressful.

    Could your mystery objects be Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that grows on buried butterfly, moth and insect pupae?

  • Could be corkscrew rush - Juncus. Is it a damp area?

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    More fungi to consider:

    Clavulinopsis fusiformis

    Clavulinopsis helvola

    Clavulinopsis corniculata

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,912

    A possibility?


     Not bright yellow, but yellowish cyclamen seed stems?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    Oooh, that's a bit arty, dove. Turner prize coming up.

  • I google Imaged waterbutts' links and it looks most like this one: Clavulinopsis helvola

    But Dove - what a beautiful picture, it looks like some kind of alien insect!

    Thanks all for the suggestions.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    A shame it wasn't Clavuliopsis corniculata as you could have made it into an interesting omelette. All the others are inedible, unfortunately.

    Love the cyclamen seedheads. They would make a beautiful brooch.

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