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There Is A Fungus Among Us
Lens: 50mm Camera: K200d Photo Location: Tallahassee ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/25s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: Blue, 04-16-2010, 03:17 PM


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04-16-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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Here are 2 more images of these interesting mushrooms . . . both at 1/50 & f11



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Wow, that is one oddly shaped mushroom. I can honestly say that I have never seen that type of mushroom before in my life. And it seems you found a group of these things; is this the first time that you have seen these as well?
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I've seen one like the before. Very unusual looking.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tuner571 Quote
Wow, that is one oddly shaped mushroom. I can honestly say that I have never seen that type of mushroom before in my life. And it seems you found a group of these things; is this the first time that you have seen these as well?
I saw them growing a couple of times a year in this one part of campus. I'm going to be on the look out this year for a better specimen and use my macro lens etc. They are in a grouping call phallic fungus. I think the common name of this one is the Eastern stinkhorn. There is a dog stinkhorn that is even more amazing. I'm not a mycologist by any stretch, but as a I biologist and entomologist, I like sense of humor of the people who named these things.

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I've seen one like the before. Very unusual looking.
They do have a way of getting one's attention.
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So very phallic looking...
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Nice shots, got to love the autumn colours. Crisp sharp focus is showing plenty of detail.
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When I first saw the photo I thought it was a ceramic piece of some sort. Really wierd looking. That first shot is really nice by the way.

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well done!! especially #1... never seen such a provocative fungus! dave m
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I agree with Cosmo...very phallic looking...probably would have been worshiped in ancient Egypt
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I agree with Cosmo...very phallic looking...probably would have been worshiped in ancient Egypt
The family this one belongs to is called Phallaceae. It includes the various stinkhorns. There are some really strange fungi in this family including the zombie's hand which actually looks like a skeleton hand coming out of the ground. BTW, the genus name of the above mushroom is Phallus.

Here is a link to some images of some of them . . .

phallaceae - Google Search

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Very phallic looking fungus.
Nice colours rendition and very sharp focus which produced plenty of details.
Thanks for sharing, blue.

Cheers.
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Good photos, I can smell them over here!
These stinkhorns are quite common over here, and usually you smell them before you see them. Their smell is bigger then their size, although they often grow over 20cm high
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I found images of another species in this family that I took at my house in Yucaipa, California. It was more colorful than the initial one I posted.



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Good photos, I can smell them over here!
These stinkhorns are quite common over here, and usually you smell them before you see them. Their smell is bigger then their size, although they often grow over 20cm high
We have a shelf mushroom around here that grows very fast and is somewhat attractive. However, it decomposes rapidly and looks and smells like a fresh cow patty . . .

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