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OfflineIdLeMiND
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What could this be??
    #1955465 - 09/26/03 08:25 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I was walking around some oak trees, and in a mass of fallen leaves i found this.. the tips are all a bit darker brown.. it smells sort of like..licorish type smell. I'm in central texas and its been a bit rainly latley.


And this i found just before i left. it has a very odd smell.. i kinda like it, haha. anyways the gills are solid white, and there is a big thick bulb at the bottom. This one was also found in oak leaves.



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Re: What could this be?? [Re: IdLeMiND]
    #1955488 - 09/26/03 08:46 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Interesting mushrooms.

The first one is an unusual coral mushroom. I don't have a good reference handy to them, but that one is odd. The sort of antler-like tips to the branches look fairly distinctive, and the odor you describe will also be important for identification.

Your other mushroom is in the complex of species around Amanita virosa. It is DEADLY POISONOUS. DO NOT EAT, or allow anybody else to eat it. It contains deadly amatoxins which destroy the liver. Accurate identification to species requires examination with a microscope. Not all specimens contain amatoxins, but you should assume that it does. Eating a single mushroom like that one is enough to kill you. While you can't be poisoned by handling it, it would probably be wise to wash your hands after doing so.

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Re: What could this be?? [Re: IdLeMiND]
    #1955635 - 09/26/03 10:03 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

that is a very interesting coral-like fungus (?)

and toxicman got it right with the Amanita phaloides, if you want to get an exact id, we can try with detailed features but your going to have to make a very accurate description if you still have that thing around.

good luck.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #1955746 - 09/26/03 11:04 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

that was:
close to A. virosa;
not A. phaloides.

Quote:


While you can't be poisoned by handling it, it would probably be wise to wash your hands after doing so.





yeah, i do this meticulously. just incase i where to absently put my fingers in or near my mouth. i'm kind of paranoid.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: canid]
    #1955994 - 09/27/03 12:50 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

yea woops your right, thats what the man said.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #1957163 - 09/27/03 02:39 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I really liked the coral fungus too, I remember were i found it, I'm going to have to go check it out again sometime soon.

I suspected that it was some sort of deadly Amanita, there was just something about it... Does anyone know why it produces a bulb at the bottom?

Thanks for the input.



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Re: What could this be?? [Re: IdLeMiND]
    #1957184 - 09/27/03 02:51 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

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Does anyone know why it produces a bulb at the bottom?




Why is a difficult question. I don't know if anybody has answered that. But a lot of Amanitas have bulbous stems.

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Re: What could this be?? [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1957230 - 09/27/03 03:13 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I'm guessing,, maybe something to do with nutrients,,, helps mushroom sustain and grow.. ???????? I'll look into it...


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: IdLeMiND]
    #1957381 - 09/27/03 04:19 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I found the second one you have late last night when I was coming home at about 1 o'clock. It was growing on one of my neighbors lawns, it didn't print very well, although all I did was put it on tinfoil with a cup over it. I could tell it wasn't edible and stuff, they grow quite often around here, there's some brown, different looking mushrooms on my other neighbors lawn so I'm going to check those out.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: HeavenlyBlue]
    #1957912 - 09/27/03 08:27 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Maybe the bulb is to help counterbalance that fat ass cap on that skinny little deadly stem??


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: HeavenlyBlue]
    #1958499 - 09/28/03 12:36 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

some of them probably grow bulbs in order to stay firmly upright in the ground.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #1958573 - 09/28/03 01:16 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

the reason an organism ends up wth a certain trait is not debatable [unless you do not believe in evolution], it's because successive random mutations result in a trait wich helps progeny survive over others withoug said trait. the guestion is what the trait does for it.

your reason sounds somewhat sound though.

it may also be that they once grew to be even and the ones that didn't didn't have to spend so much energy growing in size and where able to produce more spores; just a guess.


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Re: What could this be?? [Re: canid]
    #1962336 - 09/29/03 11:13 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

bit old of a thread, but i was thinking it might be bulbous due to its mycorhizzal(sp) features, being that its growing in, around, and all over the root systems of oak trees, it probably forms pockets in the soil where the mycelium clump together. this would help both the stability of the big fruitbody, as well as make sense in the mycorhizzal sense of helping the plant absorb nutrients, via 'nodes' in the root system. this is just my opinion of course.

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Re: What could this be?? [Re: dysphoria]
    #1962983 - 09/29/03 04:28 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

thats pretty good soundin idea..


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