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    #1583141 - 05/28/03 12:32 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I was pick pocketed in London and lost my digi camera so no pics unfortunately but I found some fungi growing on a log in some woodland that looked just like a cauliflower floret but was gelatinous to the touch.

Any ideas as to what species it could be ?



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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1583153 - 05/28/03 12:36 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

There is a fungus called the Cauliflower Coral. It's scientific name is Ramaria botrytis. Here's what my book says about it:

Large, dense, whitish head, with many compact, red-to orange-tipped, coral-like branches. Thick stalk. Not recommended for eating.


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1583160 - 05/28/03 12:39 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

The only other thing in my book that reminds me of cauliflower is the White Coral Jelly, or Tremella reticulata. Here's what the book says:

White to pale yellow stalks, repeatedly branched and fused; branches hollow, with blunt, rounded tips.

Grows on soil or well-rotted stumps in the Nortern U.S. and southern Canada, east of the Rocky Mountains....

in summer and fall. So I guess that's not it.


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1583165 - 05/28/03 12:41 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

The book says the Cauliflower Coral fruits in summer and fall, too, so I don't know what this could be!  :crazy:

My book is not that great, though, and it might make a difference because you are in Great Britain.  ?

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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1583182 - 05/28/03 12:47 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Thanks for the info Steve.

I wasn't considering eating it, just interested as to what it was as I've never seen anything like it before. It looked solid but once I touched it lightly with my finger It turned to mush if you know what I mean..

Damn, I miss my digi  :frown: 


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1583190 - 05/28/03 12:49 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Hmm... Interesting.

I like to know what things are, too! :smile:

No prob for the info, by the way.


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1583251 - 05/28/03 01:11 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I've roamed around woodland since I was a kid but have never seen anything like this.. I might buy one of those cheap disposable cameras and take a few pics if I can find more specimens.. I'm intrigued as to what it could be.


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1584312 - 05/28/03 10:02 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

An interesting possibility is that you may have found a slime mold. Some of them could appear as you describe, and they certainly are gelatinous to the touch.

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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1584502 - 05/28/03 12:13 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I just found this:


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1584562 - 05/28/03 12:37 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Just in case somebody didn't know what a cauliflower mushroom was, here is one:



This one is approx. 25cm long and about 15cm wide. Growing from an oak log underneath the ground.

They are pretty good too :smile: Tastes like swiss cheese.


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1584726 - 05/28/03 01:35 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

It does look very similar to that pick you posted of Brefeldia Maxima ToxicMan.

Can slime mold be cloned on agar much the same as how a mushroom is ?


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #1584922 - 05/28/03 02:23 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I can't think of any reason why not. I know other species of slime molds have been cultivated.

Here's an example:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/turbulent/slime.act.html


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Re: cauliflower shroom [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1585102 - 05/28/03 03:14 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Cool, thanx for the info.

I'm going to give it a go and see what happens !


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