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    #2685047 - 05/16/04 02:52 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

This is attacking my strawbale greenhouse at the base. It's bowl shaped, I assume the spores are on the inside, but upside down after 12 hours, I see no print yet. It looks vaguely evil and also grew in bunches next to this specimen:

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    #2685686 - 05/16/04 06:56 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Your mushroom is an Ascomycete, probably a Peziza. Unfortunately, Pezizas are very difficult to identify to species, even with a microscope.

As you guessed, the fertile surface is on the inside. Ascomycetes like this will often tend to release all their spores at once when the conditions are right. I have picked them, transported them in a small plastic container, and had them suddenly discharge their spores all at once shen the container is opened. It looks somewhat like the mushroom is suddenly smoking or producing fog. It's also very difficult to show anybody else, because it doesn't happen very often, and when it does the spores disperse within a couple seconds so they're gone before anybody else gets around to looking.

Many of the species of mushroom similar to yours are poisonous, so they should not be eaten, especially since they are so hard to identify accurately. The only recommended edibles related to those are the true morels.

Happy mushrooming!

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