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This plant sprouted up beside our walk way. Anybody know what it is? Is it poisonous?

Posted : May 10, 2011 4:22 pm
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"Wiffleball" or "Stinkhorn"

Scientific name Clathrus Crispus"

It's a type of fungus common to the Virgin Islands. It may give off a bad odor which it uses to attract flies by which means it reproduces.

Nice find!

Posted : May 10, 2011 5:49 pm
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Thank you for answering our question.

We are not particularly fond of the volunteer plant. How do you kill it? Would you like it for your garden?

Thanks again


Posted : May 10, 2011 6:56 pm
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I have had these pop up in my yard every so often. They usually just shrivel up within a day or two. I never noticed a smell and they have not reappeared in the same spot twice.

Posted : May 10, 2011 6:59 pm
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