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spiky fungus

 
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I've never seen anything like this.  I think it is a kind of fungus.



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This is growing on a stump in north idaho.
 
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Yikes - it looks like a sea anemone.
 
                            
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It is a tribble, obviously! 
 
                      
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A tribble with dreadlocks!
 
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Freem wrote:
It is a tribble, obviously! 



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Amazing find....  looks so much like a coral
from the sea and i find the math matics of it's growth
pattern to suggest intelligence.   (seriously)
 
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I was going to say tribble too, but perhaps an Idaho hedgehog?
  My nephew is working on his doctorate at U.W and is studying mushrooms I sent him the link maybe he'll know.
 
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From some of my facebook friends, I posted the photo it was so cool:

1.  Kooshballa onrockii?

2.  Kooshballia anemonensis?

3.  Cotton-base coral (I'm looking at my Audobon guide)?
 
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The best I've got is a big Cedar Apple Rust Fungus, a rather large and atypical one
 
                                    
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My 'guess'  it could be a coral finger.  Just like the name suggests, the coral mushrooms typically look like coral, although some might be better described as club-shaped or finger-like, they come in quite a few shapes and colors.
Clavariaceae: The Coral Mushroom Family

http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/mushrooms/images/Clavaria_purpurea.jpg

 
                          
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awww, sparticle beat me to it. I was gonna say, "I dunno. It looks to me like a kooshball gone bad."

Good one sparticle
 
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Hey photo by Tom Elpel, cool the slip form guy.
 
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Wow! That is pretty amazing.

Have you tried posting the photo at http://mushroomobserver.org ?

Somebody over there might recognize it.

 
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Check out the Western Montana Mycological Association website (www.fungaljungal.org). They have a lot of good mushroom identification resources, and if you are still not sure they will ID it    for you.
 
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