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synonyms: Basket Stinkhorn, Kosárkagomba
Clathrus ruber 2. Mushroom
Ref No: 19607
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Clathrus ruber 3 Mushroom
Ref No: 19608
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Clathrus ruber Ronnie Mushroom
Ref No: 20791
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: White to cream, Red or redish or pink, Orange
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
spore colour: Olivaceous
habitat: Grows on the ground, Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides

Clathrus ruber Mich.: Pers. Syn. Clathrus cancellatus. Kosárkagomba Basket Stinkhorn. Fruit body egg shaped, white to greyish at first then the volva bursting open to show a orange-red lattice, 10 x 6cm. spongy and rather brittle in texture, the greenish black spore baring material is on the inside of the lattice, odour, strong, fetid, attractive to flies. The mycelium commonly forms into ‘rooting’ rhizomorphs. Spores 4.5 –5.5 x x2-2.5um olive-brown. Habitat gardens and rubbish heaps. Throughout Europe, rare in the north, reported and seemingly becoming more common in north America. Not edible. The two latest images were sent to me by Sheri from South Florida USA. The one just breaking out of the 'egg@ came from Ronnie Plews in France.

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Patrick Cotton (United States) - 27 September 2013

wife thought was dead bird egg and asked me to get rid of it. One day later it looked like this
Clathrus ruber
Scott Davies (United States) - 01 August 2013

I found this in our yard early July / 2013 following a week of rain. Appeared out of nowhere!
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Kristal Jones (United States) - 25 February 2013

Clathrus ruber
Karen Perry (Portugal) - 28 January 2013

Found on a golf course, in rough ground under pine trees.
Clathrus ruber
Alice In Wonderland (Portugal) - 18 December 2012

I just found the third mushroom of this shape in my garden. What a strange colour and shape! Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Clathrus ruber
tony leach (United Kingdom) - 04 July 2012

found in my garden. UK, Cheshire
Clathrus ruber
L Rabsatt (Virgin Islands, British) - 14 April 2012

I found a few of these in my yard this week. They freaked me out so I asked an agronomist who identified them.
Clathrus ruber
Norman Jensen (United States) - 11 April 2012

Found in an area of grass strewn with wood chips in San Rafael, CA
Clathrus ruber
helen Williams (United Kingdom) - 18 December 2011

Teignmouth UK
Clathrus ruber
Sue Headland (France) - 25 November 2011

This has grown in my garden in November 2011 SW France
Clathrus ruber
christina arce (Puerto Rico) - 23 October 2011

I found these outside on our walking path we have going to our house. There are seven in total so far. Isabela, Puerto Rico October,23 2011
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Lenny Worthington (Thailand) - 05 October 2011

Lytham St.Annes lancashire £0th August 2005
Clathrus ruber
Lenny Worthington (Thailand) - 05 October 2011

Lytham St.Anns Lancashire 29th August 2005
Clathrus ruber
Kate Bettis (United Kingdom) - 11 September 2011

found this peaky out of the debris in my bamboo pots. braintree, essex
Clathrus ruber
Martin Thatcher (France) - 09 August 2011

Clathrus ruber in our garden woods in Charente Maritime, France 9th August 2011
Clathrus ruber
Adrian Uttley (United Kingdom) - 06 October 2010

Spotted in the churchyard on Banstead St, Surrey, England. 6th October 2010.
Clathrus ruber
Siniša Radić (Yugoslavia) - 08 April 2010

Clathrus ruber Serbia, belgrade, Kosutnjak
Clathrus ruber
Michael McFadyen (United Kingdom) - 14 August 2009

This rare fungus comes up in may garden (Hampshire UK) every few years. Latest appearance 13 August 2009.
Clathrus ruber
Linda Tanner (United States) - 31 May 2009

Found in my backyard in South Florida between Miami and Ft Lauderdale
Clathrus ruber
Linda Tanner (United States) - 31 May 2009

Found in south Florida between Miami and Ft Lauderdale in the suburbs.
Clathrus ruber
Linda Tanner (United States) - 31 May 2009

I found this in my backyard after 10 days of heavy rain.
Clathrus ruber
Branislav Uzelac (Yugoslavia) - 17 March 2009

photo by Ivica Tonchev from Serbia
Clathrus ruber
Corry van den Berg (Netherlands) - 08 March 2009

These fungus were found alongside Church Road in the direction of St. Peters Port, Guernsey 2004.
Clathrus ruber
Tansy Southall (United Kingdom) - 04 October 2008

This was found on Berry Head (Devon) on 04.10.08
Clathrus ruber
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