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Found this strange Day-glo pink crusty thing in my grass, any ideas?

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Cabinetman

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Well I’ve been rather busy and have let the grass go a bit – quite a bit and in a particularly damp area I found this strange thing about 2 1/2 inches across, it feels crusty/crystalline on the top and when I investigated underneath it’s really bright Day-glo pink and mushy/slimy,
I have looked online but can’t find anything, I suspect it’s a fungus? Ian
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Yes I came across that when I was looking but it’s nothing like this strange beast it’s about an inch thick top to bottom.
It’s too unusual to just mow over, but I suspect if I try and move it it won’t survive, or do I just treat it like any other toadstool in the grass?
 

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At first glance it looks like the Cauliflower Fungus ( Sparassis Crispa ), although I have never seen one that's pink. It's possible I suppose, that a fungus from warmer climes has spread to Britain due to warming climate though.

Do you have trees growing nearby, or has a tree been felled in that location in the past? I ask this because the fungi grow around the foot of conifers, and another species grows on oak.

Have a look at the link below that shows phots of the Cauliflower Fungus.


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