Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Our Very Own New Year Stinkhorn

Good morning, and Hello 2023! 

  A year ago, last January, we hiked out of the deep woods into an open area of coastal forest that had been cleared, the fallen trees and a layer of debris left to rot on the ground. Everywhere we looked, emerging from the detritus, were large, bright red, oddly-shaped, and very strange looking fungi.  Neither of us had seen anything like it before and we were pretty excited! 

You can see the post and photos here. 
  Well, one day this first week of January, we discovered something bubbling and red emerging from the pine needle carpet in our backyard. It continued to emerge over the day until we realized …

we had our very own 
little Stinkhorn garden 
popping up in front of the sunroom!

    While the shapes are different from the ones we saw on our hike last year, once you see it Stinkhorn is pretty unmistakable. 

  And if there was any doubt, the odor is a DEAD giveaway! 

  I think it’s here in our yard because I tend to pick up bits and pieces of things on our hikes and bring them home to the garden along the sunroom — things like oddly shaped pieces of wood or bark. One of these could easily have carried the Stinkhorn spores from the area where we first saw them. 

  So, today I am sending out into the Universe my New Year wishes for you, friends . . . 

for pleasant surprises, 

for health and presence to enjoy them, 

 and for as much adventure this year as your heart desires!


  1. All the very best for 2023, Cynthia, to you and the stinkhorns! Wonderful residents in your yard.

  2. Ewww. It looks poisonous, or like left-over octopus. Linda in Kanss

  3. Cinthya, Happy New Year to you!
    I imagine the surprise to find that fungus!.
    I read that their mode of reproduction is different from most fungi, which use the air to spread their spores. Instead, they produce a sticky spore mass with a carrion or dung odor, which attracts flies, which land on the spore mass, which then attaches to their legs, carrying it elsewhere.
    These mushrooms are theoretically edible in their immature "egg" state, but few people dare to eat them because of their unpleasant odor. However, after being fried in oil, they taste like roasted fish.

  4. I have never heard of this fungi but I imagine it got it's name for a good reason. Happy New Year to you!

  5. Yes, the stinky fungus would not be pleasant so from now on find some pleasant plants.

  6. Happy New Year. I think the name of the fungus says it all.

  7. Thank you for the good wishes - but you can keep your stinkhorns! :)

  8. Happy New Year to you, Cynthia. Stink horn? Wow! I've never heard of that, but I can certainly do without it.

  9. Your posts are always so interesting. Thank you for such a special New Year's wish! I know we have seen those awful looking stinkhorns growing here occasionally. Some of them look like entrals of a small animal, and I should know. Once in a while Smokey will leave one near the front door. Yuk!

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