Mutinus elegans fungus in the garden - Holly
From Wikipedia: Mutinus elegans, commonly known as the elegant stinkhorn, the dog stinkhorn, the headless stinkhorn, or the devil's dipstick, is a species of fungus in the Phallaceae family. A saprobic
species, it is typically found growing on the ground singly or in small
groups on woody debris or leaf litter, during summer and autumn in eastern North America.
The fruit body begins its development in an "egg" form, resembling somewhat a puffball
partially submerged in the ground. As the fungus matures, a slender
orange to pink colored stalk emerges that tapers evenly to a pointed
tip. The stalk is covered with a foul-smelling slimy green spore mass on the upper third of its length. Flies and other insects feed upon the slime which contains the spores, assisting in their dispersal.
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