Strange Looking Fungi

Fungi in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas

Fungi in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas

I came across this strange looking Fungi while hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I have never seen this type before. I posted it on Facebook and no one else could ID it.

A couple of us thought that it could be a Stinkhorn species. I went through hundreds of photos of the Stinkhorn Fungi on Google and didn't see one with a top like in my photo. The stem matches several that I looked at just not the top.

How I Got The Shot - Fungus

I was using my FUJIFILM X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with an 18-55 mm Lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/14 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 160. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, single shot auto focus with multi metering. I had the camera resting on a rock.

Update

I posted this to a Fungi, Mushroom group on Flickr and someone was able to help with the ID. These are Calostoma Lutescens. I went to a Mushroom site (Mushroomexpert.com) and read that they are fairly common in the southern Appalachians, but has been reported from Arkansas to Massachusetts.

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