Identification Assistance Requested
price1 at ix.netcom.com
Thu Jul 9 08:35:54 EST 1998
I can't seem to identify a mushroom growing in my front yard. Here are the characteristics:
Growing on the semi-exposed root of a Water Maple. The roots run along the ground and are
partially exposed to the air. The mushrooms start growing when there is a little bit of dirt
covering the root. When I pull up a cluster, it is always attached to the buried root and has
its rhizomorphs digging into the tree root.
Had a lot of rain recently and temperatures in the high 80s
At least 10 or 20 growing from a single location on the tree root.
I have about 7 clusters now growing on the root (growing over a space of about 20 feet,
with another 5 clusters developing.
The "clusters" have a LOT of overlap and are tightly packed
Some in shade, some in direct sunlight
Mature cluster can be 12" x 8" x 4" -- a tight mass of mushrooms
The rhizomorphs are brown and all stalks come together in a single place on the root of the
1" when young, 2(maybe 2 1/2) inches at maturity
Plane when young, becoming Depressed in age
Very light tannish brown
Smooth to touch, but slightly scaly-looking
Adnate when young, becoming decurrent in age
White becoming yellowish in age
Thin (1/4 ")
Brown with vertical lines
Mild, "mushroomy" smell -- no difference when crushed
Similar to Agaricus Bisporus i.e. not brittle, watery, or tough
Any assistance would be appreciated.
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