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Fungi

Our fungi identifications are courtesy of fungi expert Bob Cummings, who teaches in the Botany Department at Santa Barbara City College in the Biological Sciences. Before you ask, check to see if your fungus has been identified below.

Fungi identified

Hi, I found this in my yard this morning and thought it was a Clathrus ruber but it has a stalk. Flies are attracted to it but I don't want to smell it.

If you could be so kind to identify, I would appreciate it!

Thank you!

Julie

Julie, Glen Carbon, Illinois - October 11, 2021

Curator Response

Hi Julie,

Thanks for sharing your mystery fungi! Whenever we have a question that requires a fungi expert, we ask Bob Cummings, who teaches in the Botany Department at Santa Barbara City College in the Biological Sciences. Here's his ID:

"Stalked Lattice Stinkhorn, Lysurus periphragmoides. So beautiful! But very stinky. Haven't seen it yet in Santa Barbara, but no reason it shouldn't be here eventually."