So after my husband discovered this strange looking fungus in our front garden earlier this afternoon I was sent on a wild mushroom hunt, via Google and discovered that this odd, chicken-foot-looking thing is known as “stinky squid mushroom,” or more professionally, “Pseudocolus Fusiformis.”
I have since learned, in these past few hours, that stinkhorns are famous for popping up unexpectedly in peoples’ yards and gardens and that they grow in a WIDE variety of shapes. Just like any good mushroom, they appear when it is moist so it is not surprising that we consistently have some ‘shroom or another somewhere in our yard at any given time. This area has had quite a mild Spring and Summer thus far, with plenty of rain. Yesterday and today it has been particularly wet (though that did not stop us from enjoying some fireworks in a friends field last night), and I saw a time-lapse video on YouTube that showed a stinkhorn growing in 3 hours, so putting those 2 things together, again, no surprise that this “stinky squid” was not in our yard this morning, and yet it was upon arriving home again.
Stinkiest thing I’ve smelled in a while, aside from the daily diapers of two small boys…
According to the ‘net, stinkhorns are not poisonous and some are actually considered a delicacy in their egg stage (proven true by my daring husband, who put one in his omelet one morning).
So my conclusion is this: aside from some stench once they are mature (which could very well be in just a few hours), there is nothing to fear from these evil-chicken-foot-looking, fungus stinky squids. 😉