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After browsing our library of fungus books, my wife found a drawing that looked exactly like our "stone" in the stinkhorn section of one of the books. A stink horn is a tall fungus that bursts out of the ground and as the name implies, produces a very unplesant odor as it ripens. The genus of the fungus is Phallus which gives a good idea of what it looks like. The stink attracts flies that move on to spread the spores for future generations.
These two pictures were taken with a web cam a few minutes after collecting another sample. When first dug up, it was just a dirty white but started turing blue by the time I got the camera set up.
The cut open view clearly shows the embryo of the stinkhorn. I was always under the impression that these things developed very rapidly but after about 3 weeks, there still is no sign of any stinkhorns
I am not absolutely certain of the species so I am open to corrections.
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