What on earth ..?

What on earth ..?

Observation - What on earth ..?. Description: I don't normally do things without a heartbeat but this fascinating creation captured my attention. The lack of colour first made me think fungus but it isn't fungus season (is it?). Then I wondered broomrape but our book says they have scales. I

I don't normally "do" things without a heartbeat but this fascinating creation captured my attention. The lack of colour first made me think fungus but it isn't "fungus" season (is it?). Then I wondered "broomrape" but our book says they have scales.

It is about 8cms tall. Help!