This one has fruited (at least) in Dec., Feb. and March, pushing up through very compacted driveway, with 8 fruiting bodies visible at surface 2/13/13.
They smell bland when firm and fresh and stink badly when old and slimy.
Connected to soil (and to tree roots) by several short rhizomorphs (root-like structures).
Hypogeous (underground) Fungus
In old dirt and gravel residential driveway, 25’ to 30’ from mature three-needle pine tree. La Colina Rd, Tustin, Orange County, CA. 2/13/13. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.