A few weeks ago the mystery in the neighborhood was a bunch of jumping oak gall…which we didn’t know at the time were millions of tiny galls each with a wasp larva inside doing the mambo.
Now it is a giant, alien-like fungus in my back yard. We bought our house 6 years ago when we moved to Davis. The people living here before us had planted an orchard of various fruit trees on the west side of the house. I know from experience in the Seattle area that orchards are rich grounds for unusual mushrooms (members of the fungus family) including morels.
In our inherited mini-orchard in Davis something fungus-like, but more monstrous grows (see image above).
Just shy of the size of a baseball, these dark brown, hard-shelled (very odd) mushroom like things sprout up this time of year or later into fall .
I’ve seen a lot of mushrooms in my life hiking in the mountains in Washington, Oregon, and California, but I’ve never seen anything like this.
I think it is a mushroom, but what the heck kind is it?
In the name of science, I broke the apparent cap off of the stem and low and behold it looked more mushroom-like with “gills” and smelled powerfully like a mushroom (See below).
However, the inside was filled with liquid!
This putative mushroom weighed approximately 100 grams!!! Crazy.
Anyone know what kind it is?