Observation 86873: Clathrus columnatus Bosc

When: 2012-01-23

Collection location: Gulfport, Mississippi, USA [Click for map]

Who: lynn2929

No specimen available

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Used references: looked up on the web
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By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2012-02-01 23:44:20 -05 (-0500)

Laternea pusilla is much brighter red and much less smooth. I am not sure if it has been found in the USA, probably not. This looks a lot more like Clathrus columnatus, which is common in the USA.

In addition, I can maybe see some brown spore mass near the apex of the column, which points in the direction of Clathrus columnatus.

By: lynn2929
2012-02-01 06:48:22 -05 (-0500)

I have looked at both the Clathrus columnatus and the Laternea Pusilla and it could be either one as they both look alot like it. Thanks everyone for your comments

By: lynn2929
2012-01-23 20:45:31 -05 (-0500)

Thanks I will try to research it. I’m just curious because I haven’t ever seen anything like it and for 2 days my wife and I kept smelling this awful odor when we were on the front porch. We saw this in the flower bed and that was where the odor was coming from.

Thanks again

Pretty sure its Clathrus columnatus
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-01-23 20:22:30 -05 (-0500)
Still not sure
By: lynn2929
2012-01-23 18:39:30 -05 (-0500)

Christine, Thanks for your comment. I did however see another one during my search on the internet that was like it but wasn’t as red in color and they called it a Clathrus crispus but myself I really don’t know. I have never seen anything like it and it had a bad odor. If you see another one or find out wht this one is let me know

Not Clathrus crispus
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-01-23 16:01:39 -05 (-0500)

due to “curved arms” versus latticed ball…

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By: lynn2929
2012-01-23 11:32:58 -05 (-0500)

I uploaded this image and I’m not real sure what it is. I found it in my flowerbed. It has a bad odor. It fits all the information I found for a Clathrus Crispus. I live on the coast in Ms.

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