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another mushroom break


Last fall we found the above little critters hiding in the hollowed-out base of a fallen tree. there were at least 5 or 6 different other species around the same immediate area, so something tasty must’ve been rotting there. Or, witches or Satan or something. Pretty little things. They almost sorta look like the Stropharia rugosoannulata we were growing in the yard in Iowa City last year, but something about them made me think not at the time. I can’t remember why, now — at the end of these Northern winters i lose all my mushroom knowledge & have to learn it all over again when the morels start peeking up. (Not yet.) Anyway, they’re pretty.

I found this under some dead trees on the same day:

Diary comics will be back tomorrow! Unless we forget to upload more again. Oy. Even posting every weekday, We still have 3 months of backlog!

4 Comments on “another mushroom break”

  1. They ARE pretty. I swear, some of those fruiting bodies emit a silent siren song. I can’t tell from the pic, but did they have rings? Possibly a Pholiota? Guessing it’s too late to peep a spore print.

    • You can kinda see an annulus on a couple in the back, p sure they did have them. Why pholiota? (Could be since they look like Stropharia which is in the same genus!)

      I didn’t wanna disturb them since they looked so comfy in there, so i didn’t get any print! Sometimes it feels better just to not know & let things stay as they are, which is antithetical to Scientific Inquiry (& why i sort of hate Scientific Inquiry)

      • Excuse me, but I believe you mean to say they’re in the same family, not genus. *pushes glasses up nose & into skull*

        It’s probably a stretch, but Pholiota tend to have caps of a similar shape with warty remnants like that. They also usually have rings, and their spore prints are exclusively (I think) brown without ever a hint of violet, which would suggest Stropharia. I was also thinking maybe a Lepiota, but those usually have a more prominent umbo. I’m making crazy generalizations here, because I don’t have a particular species in mind, so I should just shut my yap.

        Agreed re: scientific inquiry.

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