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Message started by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 25th, 2020 at 8:58am

Title: Strange fungus
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 25th, 2020 at 8:58am
Ok Morphy... or anyone else: can you help me identify this?
I walked into my backyard the other day and saw what looked like foam pouring up over the planter my parasol tree is growing in. It looks a lot like insulating spray foam like Great Stuff. Itís obviously a mushroom or some other fungus but Iíve never seen it before.† The first two photos are from when it first appeared. Now 3 days later it is covered in white powdery spores (3rd and 4th photo)
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Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 25th, 2020 at 9:10am
I wish i knew more about mushrooms.  We have so many up here, growing everywhere. Hopefully you can ID it.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Morphy on Nov 25th, 2020 at 10:19am
Hello there little slime mold.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD42OerhGir/?igshid=y4bjy8dvtez0

I have a larger one I found on my Instagram. I know I know it looks appetizing but don't eat it!  ;)

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Kilisi on Nov 25th, 2020 at 5:12pm
This looks similar to how the zombie apocalypse started in the game 'The Last Of Us'..... start preparing

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Morphy on Nov 25th, 2020 at 7:12pm

a wrote on Nov 25th, 2020 at 5:12pm:
This looks similar to how the zombie apocalypse started in the game 'The Last Of Us'..... start preparing


There's still a month left please don't give 2020 any ideas.  ;D ;D

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 26th, 2020 at 7:06am
yeah you lucky sod - that is one awesome specimen of a slime mold.

If you'd noticed sooner you;d have seen that before it turned into a 'mushroom' it would have looked quite different.

Slime moulds are amazing beasts that morph into different structures throughout their lifespan.†
You can't eat them - but theye are really amazing organisms.

@vetryan - take some pictures - also there are a bunch of apps/books on fungal identification that you can install on your phone.

The good edible ones are generally pretty easy to identify.
And the basic rule is that if you are not 100% sure - don't pick it.

But you should get some decent ones in your wood. The best edible ones tend to live in symbiosis with trees and help break down dead materials that feed both the mycelium and the tree roots.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by TOMBELAINE on Nov 26th, 2020 at 9:02am
If it's true, you can to feed it, a french scientist gives it oatmeal to eat.
It's the "blob". Or Physarum Polycephalum.
Keep us informed.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 26th, 2020 at 9:19am
I just dont trust the apps i have seen, which is unfortunate, cuz we have a bunch of different kinds.

Can anyone recommend books, or a good app??

There is snow on the ground, so i wont see any till sprjng. (MAY)

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Morphy on Nov 26th, 2020 at 9:47am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 26th, 2020 at 7:06am:
yeah you lucky sod - that is one awesome specimen of a slime mold.

If you'd noticed sooner you;d have seen that before it turned into a 'mushroom' it would have looked quite different.

Slime moulds are amazing beasts that morph into different structures throughout their lifespan.†
You can't eat them - but theye are really amazing organisms.

@vetryan - take some pictures - also there are a bunch of apps/books on fungal identification that you can install on your phone.

The good edible ones are generally pretty easy to identify.
And the basic rule is that if you are not 100% sure - don't pick it.

But you should get some decent ones in your wood. The best edible ones tend to live in symbiosis with trees and help break down dead materials that feed both the mycelium and the tree roots.


Is it just me or is it sort of hilarious how excited people are about slime mold?
But it's true though. The more you understand about nature the more you appreciate even the most mundane looking things.

@Vetryan- if you have android try the Audubons guide to mushrooms. Just got off a long shift and can't be bothered to look up spelling. There's another one I really liked but can't remember the name. Find one that has a quiz function. Go through the quiz over and over and try to choose the correct multiple choice answer for what it is. This will help you identify the genus by looks (though some need more clues). Having the genus will greatly narrow down the possible mushroom species.

Some mushrooms are impossible to tell by species without a relatively good microscope for observing basidiospores and the like. Some can only be reliably identified by genetic testing. It's very complex.

The great thing for newer mushroom hunters is the fact that there are so many choice edible mushrooms that can be easily identified and are far, far better than agaricus bisporus, the typical button mushroom.

The identification apps are more helpful for those with a little experience due to the fact that new mushroom enthusiasts often have a hard time telling minor differences between different genera/species.

January 1st is coming soon and I'll be starting a new mushroom hunting thread. Please feel free to post as many mushies as you wish.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Kick on Nov 26th, 2020 at 10:25am
My wife studies microbiology and loves slime moulds. Many a time we've walked off a path to go get a closer look at a slimy fallen tree or stump :D Utterly bizarre creatures.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 26th, 2020 at 11:00am
Morphy, i will be lookimg those up. Thank you, i will have to keeo you updated, cuz we got some crazy ones . I have never seen up here. But i can confirm i do have true shrooms growing that will trip u out.


Unfortunately i got ypur text, but u missed me by 10 minutes.† I laid down, and passed out. Hopefully next time we can zoom

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Morphy on Nov 26th, 2020 at 2:34pm
"But i can confirm i do have true shrooms growing that will trip u out."

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Sounds like an excellent story.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 26th, 2020 at 2:52pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 26th, 2020 at 7:06am:
If you'd noticed sooner you;d have seen that before it turned into a 'mushroom' it would have looked quite different.


Yeah, I watched it for 3 days as it transformed from a foam to a solid structure, and then it let out the spores. If I add water, the next generation will probably spring up again! Iíve been putting coffee grounds in the pot to boost the carbon content for the tree, and I think the mold likes the acidity. 

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 26th, 2020 at 2:56pm
I can say, i might look like an old hippie. But i never tried the shrooms on my land. Just heard it from a local mushroom Fb group my gf is a part of. Lol

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Morphy on Nov 26th, 2020 at 4:04pm


In your area most likely psilocybe semilanceata.  Otherwise known as Liberty Caps. Otherwise known as "I'm pretty sure that pelican just winked at me" and of course also known as "This pelican knows the meaning of life." Also known as "I swear Officer the pelican was already wearing make up when I got here."

Interestingly enough some people have reported that taking liberty caps especially makes them see scenes of mushrooms all over the place as if the mushrooms have come alive and are communicating with them.

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Mersa on Nov 26th, 2020 at 5:16pm
Hey all mushrooms are edible! Just some only once  ;D

Title: Re: Strange fungus
Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 27th, 2020 at 6:47am
the app I've got loaded on my phone is this one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mushroom.shroomify&hl=en_GB&gl=US

I like it because it loads it's own database and does not need to be connected to any network for the app to work.

It's not a huge database, but it does cover all the common edible ones - and thats what you NEED to know.

and you can actually filter fungi by country and month/season  as well.

For a free app it's really rather good.

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