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These were growing directly out of the roots of a live maple, the roots have been exposed to the surface by cows. These are extremely slow growing fungi, i have been monitoring them for 6 days and they have hardly changed.
Quote: HipsterDoofus said: That mushroom is not a symbiote. It's a parasite.
Nah, it feeds off dead wood, so it's not really a parasite. It's a composter, essentially. I've often found ganoderma species growing like this, from dead wood inside a living piece of root or trunk. The dead wood is there. Trust me.