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Uncommon and Rare

By Babs IversonPublished 2 months ago โ€ข 1 min read
Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

Mushrooms can be poisonous or edible you see.

However, the Devil's Cigar was a surprise to me.

It looks like a fuzzy brown cigar growing from the ground.

It's uncommon and rare, really hard to be found.

Few people have heard or seen that it hissed.

The capsule shape cigar can't be missed.

At the bottom of decaying cedar elm trees, it isn't tame.

The uncommon and rare mushroom has a Latin name.

In late Fall the three-inch fungus splits forming an orange star.

It's known as the Texas Star Mushroom or Devil's Cigar.

Amazed that a mushroom forms a perfect star shape.

It's officially Texas' state mushroom leaving mouths agape.

It's uncommon and rare, hard to be found.

If you are out on a Texas trail, listen for the hissing sound.

Writer's notes: Thank you for reading my uncommon and rare poem.

Unfortunately, Unsplash didn't have a picture of a Devil's Cigar mushroom. Therefore, a substitute picture was used.

However, if you are curious about this rare and uncommon mushroom, you can click here.

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About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • J. R. Loweabout a month ago

    Lovely work Babs! Missed this one when it was first published but I'm glad I came back to check it out :)

  • Lauraabout a month ago

    It's awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž Story

  • Jason Ray Morton2 months ago

    Babs, itโ€™s amazing. Congratulations

  • Aman Sharma2 months ago

    Very Good

  • E.K. Daniels2 months ago

    Fun, and educational! Well done, Babs!

  • Nedelcu Alina2 months ago

    So beautiful !

  • Call Me Les2 months ago

    Wonderful Babs! So well earned and I learned something new! Can't believe there is a mushroom out there like that. Wow! Great job ๐Ÿ’•

  • KJ Aartila2 months ago

    Oh my goodness, never heard of it! And congrats on your Top Story!

  • Sarah Loyd2 months ago

    Very cool ๐Ÿ„

  • Great work. I never thought mushrooms could be so poetic

  • Wow always love I.learn something new about Texas from your work!! So good congrats on top story ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Wow! Never heard of it until now. Great poem, Babs!

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Meant to add โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Congratulations and very informative poem.

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    How cool! The great thing about this challenge is learning about all the rare things. Congratulations on Top Story Babs!

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    Interesting! I love mushrooms and the lord surrounding them. I didnโ€™t know about any star or cigar shaped, hissing fungi, though. Youโ€™ve got my subscription!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Colleen Millsteed 2 months ago

    Wahoo congratulations on your Top Story. Well deserved my friend.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    This was incredible, Babs! Loved it so much. Such a beautiful flow to it and I love finding out about the peculiarities of the natural world. Well deserving of Top Story - congrats!

  • Scott Wade2 months ago

    Awesome poem. Congrats Babs! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Congratulations Babs! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • Jasmine S.2 months ago

    Never knew there was a mushroom like that. I learn something new every day! Awesome poem and congrats on your Top Story, Babs!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Ohh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ very cool!! Love the fact you gave us a eerie sense of nature in a poem! Congratulations on your top story!!!!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Babs, this is wonderful. What a great poem, and a learning one at that. Congratulations

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the top story, my friend

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    I've never heard of this type of mushroom, so it was wonderful to learn about it from you in this wonderful piece!! Congratulations on Top Story!!

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