Identification: Help! Red tuber???

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by NebraskaDave, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. NebraskaDave

    NebraskaDave Member

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    These little guys were found growing behind my garage in late May in Bellevue, NE.

    They look like baby red potatos and are about 1 1/2 to 2 inches across. Oblong. They have no stem and are connected to the mycelium via a single small white strand at the bottom.

    I've waited a few days to see if they turn into stemmed mushrooms, but they don't seem to be. Seems like this is it for them. Appreciate any help.

    Edit: they just slightly poke through the ground's surface. I was unable to get a spore print.
     

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  2. tipularia

    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Looks like some kind of puffball or a Scleroderma.
     
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    Awesome MycoRob, it looks almost exactly like the stinkhorn egg in the photos. Thank you so much. Now, I wonder if I just wasn't patient enough to see the mushroom develop... maybe there will be more. Thanks again!

    (Tipularia: that's what I was thinking- a puffball of some sort, but I had no luck identifying anything that resembled what I had. Thanks for responding!)
     
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    Often you will see more in the same area? Even from year to year. Pretty neat find! They're fascinating to see in their sporing stages as well.
     

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