Can anyone tell me what this is?

Hi fellow home talkers!
we have a buddy that has found this near his tree he's trying to grow. It's an oak if that makes a difference . It's really creepy looking and we want to know how to deal with it.

thanks in advance!!
q can anyone tell me this is
q can anyone tell me this is
q can anyone tell me this is
  10 answers
  • Susan Susan on May 24, 2017
    Looks like maybe "sweetgum" but I'm not certain. Idk...usually "sweetgum " falls from a tree with the same name . Only way Ik how to cope with (without it) t o have tree cut down/ they are very sticky and annoying...can make you fall (roll under your feet. Sweetgum is very hard/I can't tell from picture if that is exactly what this is or not.
  • Garabell Garabell on May 24, 2017
    Hi there, although I couldn't find the exact name for this fungus, its a harmless type, that typically grows on decaying wood/wood chips. (Fungi usually don't do harm, unless is in the house.) To "move" it to live somewhere else, just pick all the wood debris that's above the soil (don't bother digging it up) and let the area dry up a bit.
    The wood and the fungus is suitable for compost - please, don't use chemicals, as the fungi is the "nerves" of the soil. Hope, you worry less now :)
    Have a good day!
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 24, 2017
    Do you have a local Cooperative Extension Office? If so, take them the pictures and a sample. They should be able to help. If it's a common issue in your area, they might even be able to help with a phone call. The one where I live is run by the County. Good luck!
  • Nora Shepherd Nora Shepherd on May 24, 2017
    looks like sweet gum, if it is, some people tap tree and sell the liquid to use in home remedy's get it identified by DNR or local county agent

  • Sandie Cheney Sandie Cheney on May 24, 2017
    Please take it to the local DNR. They will know and that is better than a guess any day.
  • Patty Anderson Patty Anderson on May 24, 2017
    I believe it's a spiny puffball! Check out this link to your "blossom!"
  • Kay Kay on May 24, 2017
    Take a sample to your local garden center. They should be able to help you identify what it is @ offer advice on best course of action. I have seen this before but can't quite remember what it is. Good luck! Kay Adelaide Australia
  • Donna Conner Donna Conner on May 24, 2017
     All kinds of bird's nest fungi, including Cyathus striatus, are reported to be inedible. My research has revealed no recipes for cooking these kinds of eggs, and the Fluted Bird's Nest is not an ingredient of any kind of bird's nest soup... at least as far as I know!
  • Annette Annette on May 24, 2017
    Looks just like the stuff (fungus) that grows out of my mulch every (stinking) year. It doesn't seem to affect any plants or trees EXCEPT the pumpkin and gourds I grow. This fungus spreads onto all the huge leaves of the vine. It becomes a white crystal and covers the leaves and looks awful. The pumpkins and gourds come out fine. I've tried many remedies but so far nothing has worked.
  • Tricia Tricia on May 24, 2017
    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT!!! I did a little more research and found that it is harmless and that it is called bird's nest fungi. it mainly grows on mulch or dead tree trunks.
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