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Fungus Amongus: What Is It? [Apr. 11th, 2017|12:26 pm]
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It rained last night and this morning; I went out the kitchen door and discovered this in the big pot of herbs on the back step:

These fungi weren't there yesterday.  They popped up overnight and more are coming.

Closeup of largest one.

Does anyone know what kind of mushroom that is? This pot was planted with commercial potting soil and all the plants were nursery plants from the same nursery.

[User Picture]From: aeriedraconia
2017-04-11 05:41 pm (UTC)
I can't identify it. You might have to give it a day or two so the cap forms and see if you can figure it out. You might also take a couple back the nursery and have them identify it once it matures a bit more.

I'm sure you know this but just in case, don't eat it or let anyone else eat it (kids/dogs) until you know for certain it isn't poisonous. (Esp as it's growing in your edible herb pot, make sure no one eats it by mistake.)
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[User Picture]From: anais_pf
2017-04-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
No idea. But I have to admire the ability of mushrooms to spring up overnight into vigorous communities! They do that on my front lawn sometimes after a rainstorm.
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[User Picture]From: mastadge
2017-04-11 06:45 pm (UTC)
Most likely Leucocoprinus birnbaumii.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-04-11 11:08 pm (UTC)
Those are cute. You'll need to let the mushroom mature a bit, before identifying. Even then, IDing them can be tricky. It reminds me of a mushroom that sprung up overnight in a friend's pot once -- it glowed!

I found a rare strain of amanita mushroom in our local dog park once, which I believe was Amanita muscaria var. formosa -- the spores had blown in and they sprung up overnight all around the conifers in the park, like the fairy rings you hear of in forest fantasies. Toxic but very beautiful. Apparently the closest previous sighting to our area was ~74 kilometres south, several years prior, showing that spores can be blown a great distance, and take hold very quickly in the right conditions. Usually damp/wet/fertilised, and in the amanita's case, had the right trees growing in that boggy environment after three days' rain, and some dog poop to set it off.

Edited at 2017-04-11 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-04-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
As others have said you need to see the cap, it's shape, how it is attached to the stalk, the texture, the colour, whether it has gills, pores or the ridgy things I can't remember the name of that morels have, and if it's not one of the really distinctive ones you need to do a spore print. The spore prnt thing is fun (well I think it is) proper mycologists have paper that is half black and half white and place the harvested cap over the divide so the spores fall on both blck and white because the various off whites are easierr to distinguish on black while the various browns are easier to distinguish on white. Oh and you need to cover the cap with a glass or the like while you wait (usually overnght) for it to sporulate so it doesn't dry out. To get both the shape of the capa nd how the gills are attached to the stalk you need to slice the mushroom in half down through the stalk and cap, then you can see the type of join as well as the shape of the rim of the cap.

I love fungi.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-13 04:20 am (UTC)
It's Holy Week. Which means extra services, and music for those services,and rehearsals for those services, and more washing and drying and ironing because of the extra services (I sweat in my choir vestments) and so there's not going to be any spore print from these mushrooms because by the time the second service for Easter is over (it's actually the third or fourth, but the choir I'm in sings only two of the Easter Sunday ones) a house guest will have arrived and is staying several days. And we have a full schedule of activities planned, including making bread and figuring out how best to cook the chunks of wild pig Rancherfriend brought me a day ago. So intense work on fungi will have to wait for another eruption. I do have pics of the caps as open as they were today. They were picture book cute.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-04-12 04:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know why lj is saying I'm posting anonymously, I'm logged in. It's sheff_dogs anyway.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-13 04:22 am (UTC)
That's odd. Something to with the way the new system works? I don't know why, even though I'm logged in, it tells me I haven't specified that it's me making the comment...strange.
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From: stitchwhich
2017-04-13 03:49 am (UTC)
I will miss your posts. I'm leaving LJ for Dreamwidth due to the new requirements for members. I hope you get an answer about your fungi!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-13 04:11 am (UTC)
I may move at some point, but right now don't have the time or energy to do it. At one point I had a Dreamwidth account, but haven't used it in years, so I don't even know how to get there.

Understand the concerns, though. And you can read my posts w/o being a member, I think, if that's something you want to do. If I ever get through the current book & its rewrites, & the other lifestuff stuff, I plan on more knitting and cooking and working on the land (there will be time??? Or will I sit inside with Facebook and Twitter and so on and so on? Um...probably not.)
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