Basement Growth

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Date Photo Taken: 02/09/2014
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: bdwagoner

Notes:

This is some sort of fungus? perhaps that grew out of my neighbor’s basement floor. The basement had recently had an overflow from a malfunctioning sump pump. There was only one of these growing out of the floor. About 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter and at least a foot tall. Dark brown color. The inside was a bit woody-like.

COMMENTS

  1. Zargon Unregistered says:

    I’ll bet it’s just some weird offshoot from a tree root.
    Makes sense, as you said it is “woody” inside.
    Althogh most roots show a visible taper, I have seen stuff like this when digging up areas some times.

    So…(fictitious scenario ) It probably got suffocated from all the sewage and came up for air in the basement. ( LOL ) & Lots of luck too.

    February 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  2. Twinkle Nelson Unregistered says:

    I saw one of these a couple years ago coming out of an old, unused radiator on the first floor of an old house in Buckhead. We very cautiously removed it but it grew back!

    February 13th, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  3. kevininorcross Unregistered says:

    #1 Turd coming out of your malfunctioning sump pump
    Solution: buy better quality pump and seal top better.
    #2 Saw a very similar creature in Alien Takeover(same glowing eyes).
    This is the pod that the aliens morph into full fledged flesh eating animals
    Solution: Call government agency handling aliens, but say you found it outside so they don’t confiscate your house.
    #3 I have no idea and would love to know what the heck it is.

    February 13th, 2014 at 7:20 pm
  4. Lawyerguy1 Unregistered says:

    Looks like a large intestine that has been petrified.

    February 13th, 2014 at 9:08 pm
  5. Alice Crawford Unregistered says:

    Holy Doodle!!! That’s just about the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen (except for my ex’s new wife). It looks like a petrified slug. UGH!!

    February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 pm
  6. Ellen Unregistered says:

    Haven’t a clue but I’d put gloves on when handling it!

    February 14th, 2014 at 7:55 am
  7. glenp Unregistered says:

    coprolith

    February 14th, 2014 at 9:04 am
  8. Neil Unregistered says:

    It looks a bit like Trichglossom Hirsutum, http://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/club%20and%20coral/species%20pages/Trichoglossum%20hirsutum.htm. Or at least something related.

    February 14th, 2014 at 11:22 am
  9. Preston Scott Unregistered says:

    To me, and I’m guessing, but it looks as though it may be the dried terd of a large dog or animal.

    I have a 112 pound yellow lab, Barney. I have picked up enough of his “passings” to know that his, while shorter and much much larger in diameter would equal the smaller and much longer diameter of this mass.

    The color, tubular compression rings, and the length, seem to indicate that this critter hadn’t “gone” in quite a while; defecating may not have been a pleasant experience.

    The “bit woody like inside” seems typical of Barney’s donations that have aged or cured for some time, while not being exposed to rain and the elements.

    I have no explanation for the yellowish spots on this mass. If not something that was eaten, maybe it is light reflection, although I doubt that.

    If this appeared to be growing out of the floor, possibly it had become stuck to the floor when or after being deposited. That happens to Barney’s deposits on our wood deck, concrete driveway, or other surfaces when remaining unnoticed for a while.

    February 14th, 2014 at 3:40 pm
  10. Hope Unregistered says:

    If this isn’t a college student prank or a misbegotten art attempt, I would start packing!

    February 15th, 2014 at 5:05 pm
  11. Martha Unregistered says:

    It looks like it might be Daldinia concentrica, a fungus. Take a look:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daldinia_concentrica

    http://www.fichasmicologicas.com/?micos=1&alf=D&art=50

    Genus and species
    Daldinia concentrica
    Species Code No.
    A / 2 – Azt 03.14.00.03
    Family
    XYLARIACEAE
    Subclass
    ASCOMYCETES
    Order
    XYLARIALES
    Class
    ASCOMYCETES
    Synonyms
    Popular Names
    KIMO MAMIZEBRATU
    Practical Importance / Culinary Interests
    EDIBLE DOUBTFUL, POSSIBLE TOXICITY
    Macroscopic Description
    Carpophore of 2 to 6, globular, circular or oval-shaped, rounded and sometimes lobed pad. No foot is adhered directly to the substrate. Hard surface, matte, densely granular, powdered with gray and reddish brown to blackish young, and finally coal black, which seems to cut charcoal. Gleba composed of a hard, porous, light and leathery frame, consisting of black and white concentric layers alternatively, starting from the center, are distributed in a fan shape.
    Confusions
    The D. VERNICOSA has a well developed foot and shorter spores.
    Habitat
    Saprophyte. In moist forests, on trunks, fallen branches or weakened trees of various genres: Alnus, Betula, Fagus, Eucalyptus, etc..
    Season
    Winter and the rest of the year. Rare species
    Kitchen
    Leathery, not suitable for cooking. Good tinder to start a fire, especially blacks and dried specimens, burn like coal
    Imagery

    February 15th, 2014 at 10:23 pm
  12. Jim Unregistered says:

    Take it to the botany department at Emory University. I’m really curious as to what it could possibly be.

    April 16th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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