Recent rains have caused mushrooms to push up out of the detritus, as Gabriele Leete found in Anderson.
Amanita, Anderson (11/15/17) Gabriel Leete
Split-gill mushroom, Schizophyllum commune, Anderson (11/15/17) Gabriel Leete
Among the mushrooms emerging are Amanita, among the most poisonous mushrooms on Earth, the most toxic of which cause liver failure and death.
There are 600 varieties of Amanita, including a few edible ones, though eating them is like playing Russian roulette with five bullets in a six-shooter.
Split-gill mushrooms, or Schizophyllum commune, are the only known type of mushroom to retract when touched. They are found on decaying trees during dry periods following a rainfall. Its beautiful gills or “gillies” resemble coral.
Honey fungus, Armillaria mellea, Anderson (11/15/17) Gabriel Leete
Honey fungus, Armillaria spp, Anderson (11/15/17) Gabriel Leete
Sticky when wet, the honey fungus, Armillaria mellea, grows around the base of trees it infects. The mushroom is a plant pathogen that causes root rot in many of the plants it infects, causing discolored foliage, dieback of branches and death, according to Wikipedia.
Psathyrella is a smaller version of Psathyra, Greek for “Friable.” However, do not mistake these for being “fryable,” as they are toxic.
Psathyrella spp, Anderson (11/15/17) Gabriel Leete
OK, you get the idea, they’ve all been given Greek names. Aside from that, what also is common about Psathyrella is that they’re boring.
They are often “drab-colored, difficult to identify, and inedible,” Wikipedia reports, “So they are sometimes considered uninteresting,” perhaps that’s what makes them so fascinating to Gabriel and me.
No, we’re not Greeks, just geeks.
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