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Old 05-28-2007, 05:00 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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Have these strange, very large, (about 1/2 the size of a outdoor trash can lid) flat, bright yellow, (like egg yoke), things popping up, on the ground, in my mulched landscaped areas. They appear over night and I swear they look alien. If you look at them closely, they seem to have some sort of white slimmy substance underneath them, which spreads out beyond the actual surface. In fact, they look bumpy and sectioned like califlower. They appear to dry up towards evening and turn into a more golden color. So far, we have buried them as we find them. We are located just outside Raleigh, NC. Anyone know what these might be?
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:34 PM
Location: Beautiful TN!
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Never seen anything like that in the RMT/Wilson area, and we are in a rental that never had anyone take care of the yard besides us. But, maybe that is it, might it be something from too much mulch or something like that? Did you look it up on the internet?
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:59 AM
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Funny you should mention this as my sister has these in her mulched beds. Over the weekend she showed them to me and said something about it was caused by moisture getting trapped in the mulch. I am not sure if it poses a problem or not. She has several areas with these fungus and after kicking it around it produces a black smoke, kinda eerie really.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:12 AM
Location: STL
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We get those here (Missouri)
I always thought they were a type of mushroom.. hmmm
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:49 AM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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They are a type of mushroom.
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Old 05-29-2007, 04:18 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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Mushroom? How cool it that? I think they are neat so maybe the next one that comes up, we will leave alone and see what happens.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-29-2007, 06:50 PM
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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The spores probably came in with the mulch. The ones
I have are (I think) because I have some old aspen wood sitting on gravel in the shade. They look like giant tan rubber bands, lying on their sides.
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:19 AM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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I think they're called Giant Puffballs (mushrooms).
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:05 PM
Location: White Rock Valley - Dallas
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We call them cow vomit here... a very apt term. It is a fungus and it is a natural byproduct of a very organic, healthy mulch or compost. Just kick it around with a shovel while it's still moist, as you know how powdery it gets once it dries up and turns dark brown-purple. Like talcum!

I assume this is a newly mulched/organic matter area? After the first spring/summer, it will be gone for good. At least here it is.
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