mushrooms

Stinkhorn (Phallus ravenelii).
Norman D. Davis, Bugwood.org

Its common name says a lot about how this mushroom attracts flies and other insects to spread its spores.

Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


Columned (Columnar) Stinkhorn Mushrooms.
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A listener finds some eggs in mulch near his house. One has opened to reveal a "crazy" sight.

A "Crazy Fungus"

Mar 25, 2016
Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom
Mike Young - Creative Commons Wikipedia

The starfish stinkhorn mushrooms are popping up all over!


Collared Earth Star
David Lochlin/Flickr

The Collared Earth Star fungus: its name tells you how it looks.


An Unusual Fungus

Dec 9, 2015
Columned (Columnar) Stinkhorn Mushrooms.
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A listener finds a fungus, or mushroom, that she doesn't recognize.


  Phallus ravenelii is sometimes called the Ravenel Stinkhorn mushroom, or the Eastern Stinkhorn mushroom. If you encounter one, whatever you call it, you won't forget it.


  The Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom doesn't always look like a starfish--it starts out as small white ball.


Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom
Mike Young - Creative Commons Wikipedia

  The Starfish Stinkhorn Mushroom is an Australian species that has found its way here.