Calostoma cinnabarinum (Stalked Puffball in aspic)

This strange little puffball begins it’s life inside a gellantinous sac. It eventually pushes upwards on a twisted interwoven and interconnected column of flesh which is the “Stalk”. There are two other species in the Eastern US which I hope to find one day. C. lutescens which has a collar below the head/spore case & C. ravenelii which has no gelatinous coating, and instead has warts on the head/spore case.