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I need help identifying this. What kind of alien is this? I found 4 of them in the dead grass in my yard. underneath a Chinese Elm tree. One picture shows what’s inside.

 

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Dr. Bob C. Oct 15, 2018 09:24 AM
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Bob C again. An avid dyer has asked me to post their email address in case anyone wishes to donate their specimens to a good cause. Susan.owens@cox.net

Dr. Bob C. Oct 13, 2018 03:26 PM
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Bob C. here. This is Pisolithus arhizus, also called "Dyer's Puffball" because it is used to make many different fabric dye colors. Also called "Dead man's foot" because it's pretty homely, dark blackish brown and can be quite misshapen. It's a type of puffball, the spores are held in pea-like (hence "Piso" in the generic name) packets, but the entire puffball soon disintegrates into a mass of brown spores. It is not toxic. It is mycorrhizal with tree roots (often Eucalyptus), so it is a symbiotic helper.

a-1544922335 Oct 13, 2018 08:48 AM
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If you'd like to read an eye-opening book about the necessary, mutually life-giving relationship between fungi + trees, "The Secret Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben is your book!

420722 Oct 12, 2018 05:31 PM
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My best guess is a dyeball. Yes shorebird, imagine that. Wish we could even get our normal amount of rain these days.

ginger1 Oct 12, 2018 02:22 PM
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Glad you are wearing gloves. The toxins in that puffball are readily absorbed through the skin and can lead to hallucinations about finding alien lifeforms hiding in the grass, especially under trees.

a-1544922335 Oct 12, 2018 04:55 PM
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This is a well-spread rumor - you cannot be poisoned by touching ANY poisonous mushroom, it must be consumed.

Flicka Oct 12, 2018 01:44 PM
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You came to the right place for an answer. Amazing how bright Edhatters are.

a-1544922335 Oct 12, 2018 12:33 PM
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Ah yes.. that would be a Golden Retriever.

a-1544922335 Oct 12, 2018 11:42 AM
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I like how your dog is "What's he up to now? Is it food? No? Sigh."

a-1544922335 Oct 12, 2018 11:41 AM
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http://eattheplanet.org/puffball-mushroom-youll-be-ok-if-you-follow-one-id-feature/

a-1544922335 Oct 12, 2018 11:38 AM
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https://homeguides.sfgate.com/puffball-fungi-grass-61525.html------------------ Species of "Puffball" fungi. Nothing to worry about. No need to spray pesticides or otherwise destroy. Read up. Interesting. Some edible, some not.

shorebird Oct 12, 2018 09:24 AM
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Imaging how fungusy SB would be with a normal amount of rain?

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