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What the eff is this black goo on my plant?

 
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Guys! Seriously what the heck is this!?

It's the only plant in my garden that has these weird little sprout things with the black stuff coming out of them.

I don't even know what this is because my friend just gave me a bunch of seeds. A squash or cucumber or something I'm assuming?

But yeah.. What the heck?!
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It kind of looks like a fungus feeding off your wood chips.

Not quite a stinkhorn...
 
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Is that a good or bad thing?
 
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I have seen mushrooms like these growing in acidic much under pine trees and they make that Black ink substance, I wouldn't worry though, I had a fungus called Tapioca Slime, came in because of the mulch layer in the garden, so dont panic, instead try referring to a field guide if you can, or simply study through observation.
Like Sepp Holzer says: we should try reading the book of nature.
http://www.permies.com/t/47340/fungi/Tapioca-slime
 
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It looks like the remnants of a Coprinopsis_atramentaria
They often pop up in straw mulch after the rain, but there are lots of sub species and some stick around longer than others.
I've never found them to be a problem in my garden spaces. It' seems to me that they are just turning straw into plant food.

 
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I agree with Craig. Looks like a variety of ink cap mushroom. That inky mess is actually a spore slurry, which the fungus uses for reproduction. They're totally harmless; you can even eat certain varieties before they turn inky. Like Craig said, they're just helping break down organic matter in the garden.
 
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Cool! Thanks for helping me out everyone.
 
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