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Old Dec 31, 2007, 10:51 AM   #11
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My uneducated guess is some type of fungus as well. Kind of reminds me of a "growth" that I see occasionally on red oaks in the Shawnee Forest. Different color, different locations (yours at the base vs. much higher in the oaks). Any unusual rains or temps lately that might have produce this thing? Or what about any new plants in the near area? I don't think that its anything to worry about since the flies seem interested in it butI would keep dogs & cats away just in case. If you are able to get any info on it, please letus know...just for curiousity sake.

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 11:18 AM   #12
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But does it taste good??

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 12:38 PM   #13
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Don't know what it is either, but if it attracts flies (look closely at the second one) to those regular openings, it may be some sort of carnivorous plant. I'll ask around and see if anyone knows.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 12:38 PM   #14
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It appears to be some kind of Stinkhorn fungus. They smell like rotting flesh to attract insectsthatdisseminate their spores. Here is a similar one Googled up on the web:


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Old Dec 31, 2007, 3:05 PM   #15
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Don't know how it tasts, SMELLS BAD!
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 3:36 PM   #16
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it looks like a type of fungus growth, especiall if it smells
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Old Jan 1, 2008, 12:49 AM   #17
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Sounds like penolta nailed it. Your picture is certainly better than the one he found on the internet. It's still interesting.
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