What in the world?? These are Stinkhorn Fungii. The first three or four appeared at this location September 20. We left for a week and upon our return, I found this amazing situation in this ONE site in this ONE area of our yard! I am Mystified!!
I have only seen one or two at a time, before. It seems, from my reading, stinkhorn fungi appear in composted soil and/or areas with commercial mulch (both of which appear in this little area, above). Perhaps you have seen a round fungal ball under the soil? I have seen these from time-to-time, with branching "rootlets." These in-the-soil balls are the "seeds" of stinkhorn fungi.
You can read this and more general information about these fungi here.
I may be less mystified, but... not completely!! Perhaps some of our recent weather conditions have contributed to the Numerous appearance of these fungi? (Yes, I have just read in other sources, that cool wet weather provides prime growing conditions for these fungi!)
Okay! Mystified by the appearance of so many, but not as Mystified by why they have occurred.
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