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06/10/2013 at 20:26

First I will apologise for not taking a pic of this but things at home have been a bit topsy turvy as we had to get the vet out this afternoon, and I got a bit behindhand.

To get on with this, I was cutting the grass out front today and noticed a lot of yellow things growing in amongst the grass. Most are very small still but one or two were bigger. The biggest one was about 2 inches long and curled like a corkscrew. They are all bright yellow, and very firmly 'rooted' to the ground. There are no leaves, it's a single column of growth but I have never seen anything like it before.

What could it be? I have had a look in my 'mushroom & toadstool' book but can't find it. 

06/10/2013 at 21:24

Hello maryplain, sorry to hear about the vet. Always stressful.

Could your mystery objects be Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that grows on buried butterfly, moth and insect pupae?

06/10/2013 at 21:24

Could be corkscrew rush - Juncus. Is it a damp area?

06/10/2013 at 21:31

More fungi to consider:

Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Clavulinopsis helvola

Clavulinopsis corniculata

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06/10/2013 at 22:36
07/10/2013 at 06:41

A possibility?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32210.jpg?width=374&height=350&mode=max

 Not bright yellow, but yellowish cyclamen seed stems?

07/10/2013 at 08:35

Oooh, that's a bit arty, dove. Turner prize coming up.

07/10/2013 at 09:49

I google Imaged waterbutts' links and it looks most like this one: Clavulinopsis helvola

But Dove - what a beautiful picture, it looks like some kind of alien insect!

Thanks all for the suggestions.

07/10/2013 at 10:38

A shame it wasn't Clavuliopsis corniculata as you could have made it into an interesting omelette. All the others are inedible, unfortunately.

Love the cyclamen seedheads. They would make a beautiful brooch.

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