Uncommon and Rare
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.
About the Creator
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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Lovely work Babs! Missed this one when it was first published but I'm glad I came back to check it out :)
It's awesome 😎 Story
Babs, it’s amazing. Congratulations
Fun, and educational! Well done, Babs!
So beautiful !
Wonderful Babs! So well earned and I learned something new! Can't believe there is a mushroom out there like that. Wow! Great job 💕
Oh my goodness, never heard of it! And congrats on your Top Story!
Very cool 🍄
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 😊
Wow! Never heard of it until now. Great poem, Babs!
Meant to add ❤️🎉🎊
Congratulations and very informative poem.
How cool! The great thing about this challenge is learning about all the rare things. Congratulations on Top Story Babs!
Interesting! I love mushrooms and the lord surrounding them. I didn’t know about any star or cigar shaped, hissing fungi, though. You’ve got my subscription!! 🙂
Wahoo congratulations on your Top Story. Well deserved my friend.
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!
Awesome poem. Congrats Babs! 🥰
Congratulations Babs! 🥰
Never knew there was a mushroom like that. I learn something new every day! Awesome poem and congrats on your Top Story, Babs!
Ohh 😮 very cool!! Love the fact you gave us a eerie sense of nature in a poem! Congratulations on your top story!!!!
Babs, this is wonderful. What a great poem, and a learning one at that. Congratulations
Congrats on the top story, my friend
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!!