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Re: Help identifying a fungus?

Well that's interesting. I wonder if the ones here are edible. They aren't
the same, ahem, shape, but same color. The smell usually didn't linger
around the "fruiting body" but wafted through the air. I remember standing
in my yard asking WHAT is that smell?! I finally figured it out. SO glad to
know you have them in Illinois................

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC 

> [Original Message]
> From: Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@mallorn.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/31/2005 11:34:22 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Help identifying a fungus?
> > Is it stinky? That looks similar to some here that truly smell like
> > is a dead body in the yard. OY!
> Hi Andrea,
>    I couldn't detect any odor, but the taste wasn't so good.
>    OK, just kidding about the taste part.  :)  I didn't try it.  Although
>    I understand that stinkhorns are supposed to be edible.
>    I must've caught it just as it was dying.  From what I understand, the
>    cap is covered with a really foul-smelling slime that contains spores.
>    Flies come to eat the slime and carry the spores away with them.
>    Once the slime is all eaten the odor is gone and the fungus dies.  I 
>    think this must be the state that I caught it in.
> Chris
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