Identification: Please me identify this freaky plant

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by sfinlayson, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. sfinlayson

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    Every spring and summer, these strange looking things grow in my garden. They grow a couple of inches overnight and consist of an orange spongy substance with brown goo on the tip. They open and the top pops off. They are hollow inside. They are typically 2-4 inches tall when they peak and die within 48-72 hours. Can anyone please tell me what they are? They are so freaky looking.

    Here is a fully grown one:

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/8840/img1144ao4.jpg

    And here is one after the top pops off:

    http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/1056/img1145mz1.jpg

    Please help me, thank you.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, you are correct. Thank you so much for identifying these things. Our family and friends have been puzzled by them for years.
     

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