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May 24, 2014 07:23 AM

Weird mushrooms

Just found these growing near my garden (there are more than these two). Never saw anything like it! Anybody?

And no, I don't want to eat them......

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  1. I am looking for yours but found this article. Check out these crazy mushrooms!

    I think it might be an Earthstar fungi.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Jerseygirl111

      Yes, thank you! My niece also identified them, and I then found this interesting tidbit "Earthstars were used medicinally by Native American Indians. The Blackfoot called them ka-ka-toos, meaning "fallen stars", and according to legend, they were an indication of supernatural events". I'll keep you posted!

      I wish I had the time to really study mushrooms thoroughly, rather than haphazardly like this. Last year I had what is called Orange Dog Stinkhorns coming up through the mulch in my garden, they looked like Chiller Theater monster fingers coming up out of a grave. There is a photo of non-orange ones featured in your article, so that you can sort of see. I was so scared when I first spotted them, like they were from outer space!

      1. re: coll

        That sounds like so much fun! Your backyard is awesome. I too am interested in foraging but can't even find a mushroom guide near me. :-( my guess is the Pinelands/beach are not really conducive to mushroom growth. Shame, mushrooms are so fascinating. Yes, please keep me posted.

        1. re: Jerseygirl111

          The rest of my neighbors have lawns like golf courses and would not agree. But I was always a rebel! Steve Brill does tons of foraging tours in the tri-state area, and mushrooms are usually on the agenda; if you ever decide to go let me know!

          Here it is

    2. That's really beautiful. Thanks for posting.