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What type of plant is "stinkhorn"?

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What type of plant is "stinkhorn"?
posted Feb 22, 2016 by Divya Bharti

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During cool weather in winter and early spring, some Florida homeowners begin to notice foul-smelling mushrooms popping up in their yard. Although their strong rotting smell is unappealing, these fungi, known as stinkhorns, are not actually bad for your landscape and can be beneficial.
Identification
Stinkhorns are in the same order of fungi that includes puffballs and earthstars.
Stinkhorn "egg"Stinkhorn fungi start out as white, egg-like structures in mulch or other damp, decomposing material. Most of this fungal structure is underground. When enough water is available, this egg-sac structure will rupture and the mature mushroom (the “stinkhorn”) will emerge.
Stinkhorn mushroomDepending on the type of stinkhorn, this mushroom (the fruiting body of a fungus) is stalk-like, globular, or latticed. Stinkhorns vary in color but are usually pink to orange in Florida. enter image description here

answer Feb 23, 2016 by Gunjan Saraswat
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Answer: Stinkhorns are in the same order of fungi that includes puffballs and earthstars.
Stinkhorn "egg" Stinkhorn fungi start out as white, egg-like structures in mulch or other damp, decomposing material. Most of this fungal structure is underground. When enough water is available, this egg-sac structure will rupture and the mature mushroom will emerge.

answer Feb 22, 2016 by Mary D'souza
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Stinkhorns are in the same order of fungi that includes puffballs and earthstars.
Stinkhorn "egg"Stinkhorn fungi start out as white, egg-like structures in mulch or other damp, decomposing material. Most of this fungal structure is underground. When enough water is available, this egg-sac structure will rupture and the mature mushroom (the “stinkhorn”) will emerge.
Stinkhorn mushroomDepending on the type of stinkhorn, this mushroom (the fruiting body of a fungus) is stalk-like, globular, or latticed. Stinkhorns vary in color but are usually pink to orange in Florida.
Odor
All stinkhorns produce foul odors, which some people describe as a putrid, rotting meat smell. The smell attracts ants and flies that then pick up and carry the mushroom spores to other places.
Stinkhorns Are Beneficial
As a fungus, stinkhorns break down organic matter. This is especially helpful for landscapes and gardens in Florida’s naturally sandy and nutrient poor soils. In your garden, stinkhorns break down materials such as mulch and make those nutrients available for plants.
Stinkhorns do not harm landscape plants or grasses.

answer Feb 22, 2016 by Ajay Kumar Topno
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