Specimen on side of walking track. The removal was not completely successful as I was unable to retrieve the complete root system due to its depth in the soil. The specimen was cut and photographed immediately after being removed from its habitat.(but not removed from the area.) The location was wet, and had some ground cover of leaves. It was a single specimen as far as I could establish. The added information to this fungi is that it is also called “Vegetable Caterpillars”. The scientic name was not listed on the site so had to be created.

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must be a big caterpillar buried there! too bad you couldn’t extract it…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-20 15:16:31 CDT (-0500)

Animal I would guess

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extract from my reference, : Fruit bodies to 100mm high, elongated club shaped with yellow stem grading into the dark olive green fertile head. Found in forest and usually associated with Acacia species.
part-spores c.3.5 × 1.5 micro., cylindrical, smooth, white. Cordyyceps _ Vegetable Caterpillars.. Cordyceps is a genus of highly specialised fungi that parasitise insects, usually in their larval stage. Moth larvae of the genus Oxycanus are hosts for the most common species, C. hawkesii, C. robertsi and C. cranstounii, which all form large fruit bodies. The thread-like spores produced by the mature clubs break up into minute part-spores c.3-5 mm long that penetrate the soil. They infect the caterpillars and consume the soft tissue. A column of fungal tissue then emerges, usually from behind the head of the dead caterpillar, terminating in the fertile clubs that emerge from the soil. Several smaller Cordyceps species are known, but not often seen.

What is the host?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-06-09 09:36:13 CDT (-0500)

Animal or vegetable?