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Odd looking plant

It wasn't there yesterday. It looks like a couple of pieces of pipe insulation. 


 I would guess that it's some type of fungus, I've never seen anything like it before though. 

I must be really intreagued as this is the first time that I've asked a question!

help identification assistance would be gratefully received. 




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,260

    Is that upside down? i.e. its been knocked over. Can we have a look at the brown bit/top?

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Does it smell awful?  In which case it is a stinkhorn, often makes its presence known in hedgerows or on shady banks.

  • MogMog Posts: 6

    Sorry about the dlay - I was at work.

    Hold on I'll nip out and take another photo.

    Yes, that one did appear to be inverted.


    PS I'll sniff too



  • MogMog Posts: 6

    New photo - It appears to have peaked. it's toppled over.

    It didn't seem to smell bad until I got too close. It stinks.

    I think you might be right Mr. Onion

    The brown brown bit seems to have opened/pelled back.



    (It's sideways this time - sorry)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    They are amazing, I've never seen those.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MogMog Posts: 6

    I looked into Stinkhorns - I'm sure that that is what it is. It shoots up then breaks in half and topples over. There is a cracking you tube clip. 

    Thanks for your help Welshonion


  • LordswoodLordswood Posts: 59

    I think it's a Phallus Impudicus - a stinkhorn.

    Believe it or not my friend's father used to eat these things at their youngest stage plus a number of equally unappetising looking fungi.

    They grow in the woods round our house and smell like a decaying corpse.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    sounds tastyimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MogMog Posts: 6

    Thanks very much for all the comments everyone, very helpful.

    If a few more pop up I'll post them on here.



  • MogMog Posts: 6

    PS I won't be eating any!

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