Unstalked Clathrus
Clathrus columnatus
Phallaceae (Stinkhorn) Mushroom Family

 
To identify the Unstalked Clathrus, look for a twisted structure made up of pinkish to orange colored arches. The arches are called chambers but, in fact, are a continuous stem which has fused itself to the previous arch. The overall mass may reach a ball of 8-10 inches broad, or sometimes will create only one arch that loops back into the ground like a fence staple. The plant odor is fetid and disagreeable. Its preferred habitat is on sandy soil in deep underbrush or humus piles, or at the edge of tended gardens. This mushroom is indigenous only to the coastal areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

 

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