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OfflineMagmaManiac
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Florida LAWN P. cubensis
    #2912178 - 07/21/04 01:50 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

It has rained profusely here in Tampa Bay, and in much of Florida, the last three to four days. Today, sunshine abounds. On a walk with my dog, I found this P. cubensis growing in my neighbor's freshly-laid GRASS. This grass was laid no more than two weeks ago. I am amazed at my find. I have traveled 45 minutes to get to cow fields and now I find a cube less than 100 ft from my front door.

I surmise that the sod included some quantities of cow dung or the grass was fertilized with it. The grass in my nieghbor's yard is a variety that appears to originate directly from a field or pasture, some wild area anyway. The same type grows in a large field behind an elementary school close to my home (the grasses there are left untouched except for mowing) What type of grass is this?

Finds like MrKites in his recent post about his garden Cubes I am familiar with. But this specimen defies human intention, as in MrKite's case, and natural inclination by springing up in an untended lawn.

Here are some pictures. Excuse the poor quality of the pictures, they came out being large-sized, so I had to lower the quality.









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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912184 - 07/21/04 01:51 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

thats pretty cool. :smile:


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912207 - 07/21/04 02:07 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Very cool indeed, keep an eye on that lawn, hopefully there will be more to come.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912709 - 07/21/04 04:48 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Thats awesome...lol. It would be neat to get a few grams out of your neighbors lawn!


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912714 - 07/21/04 04:50 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Wow thats insane.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912727 - 07/21/04 04:55 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Gotta love it.. ...thanks for showing..
Nofindum...


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2912825 - 07/21/04 05:34 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Cool!


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2913578 - 07/21/04 09:21 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I actually found a picture perfect cube in the lawn of a cow field a few weeks ago. I was very suprised, and wasn't sure if it was a cube or not since it wasn't growing out of dung, unless it was very old and underground or something, but it didn't appear to be. - But I examined it, took a sporeprint and stuff later on and sure enough, it was!


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2914036 - 07/21/04 11:54 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Wow, nice find. That's a first.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: illustrain]
    #2914109 - 07/22/04 12:16 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I suppose it is possible that this sod came from a pasture, the grass type fits the mold. Does anybody have an idea of what kind of grass this? I have seen it on other lawns, but not in the richest neighborhoods. It does not look as well-manacured as St. Augustine grass but it doesn't look particularly bad. It seems to be the kind of grass that shoots up those stem-supported v-shaped items with black granules at the apex. I am guessing these are repoductive structures (?).

Fruiting within 2 weeks of the grass being laid would mean that the mycelium was not damaged during cutting and transportation. Or is the grass perhaps grown in the small squares that it is often planted in, without the need of cutting? These squares appear to have about 1.5-2 foot sides.

Illustrain, I am fairly certain that the specimens of both of our finds took saprophytic advantage of cow dung. Your find may have been a rare one in which the mycelium continues fruiting on old, partially decomposed, inhumed cow manure, or on scattered pieces of fresher manure among richly-manured soil. In my case, I am leaning towards the eventuality that the grass was fertilized with cow manure.

I have a question to one knowledgeable on the subject of sod and lawns. Are lawns ever or fertilized with cow manure before the grass is put down or during growth? While asking the question in the former circumstance I am not implying that the mycelium grew and fruited in the short period of two weeks. I am merely curious about the habits of sodding.

Thank you for the replies!


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2916017 - 07/22/04 02:48 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Does anyone have an idea in regard to my questions?


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2916062 - 07/22/04 02:59 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i believe its bermuda grass


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2916711 - 07/22/04 05:50 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

"Are lawns ever or fertilized with cow manure before the grass is put down or during growth?"

Absolutely...sod farms 'prep' the land before planting the grass seeds..in order to grow the fullest grass they can they use custom soil mixtures as their base...manure is obviosly one of the ingredients in the custom soil.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: BBP]
    #2916883 - 07/22/04 06:41 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Thank you BBP. I didn't realize this, perhaps because I was inclined to think of traditional "home" grass fertilization using dissemination devices spewing out balls of nitrates and phosphates. Given that these grasses are fertilized with cow manure at the sod farms, why do we not see more P. cubensis and other coprophilous fungi fruiting on freshly-laid sod? Perhaps the right people don't look in those places. Perhaps this has something to do with the ambiguous Florida lawn Panaeolus, although that mushroom usually grows at least 6-8 weeks after the sod has been laid?

I assume the "squares" of sod used in residential sodding are cut from the fields you mention, BBP. So if there was any mycelium of strictly coprophilous fungi growing within the field, much of the mycelia would be damaged during distribution for sale. Luck?

Anyway, this morning I found another P. cubensis growing in the vicinity of yesterday's, although a few feet away (about 3). I did not pick this one as I did not see a reason to increase my collection of P. cub. to a magnificent two. Here are some of the pictures that I took.







The following pictures depict a pink-tan spored mushroom growing on the edges of a few of the sod pieces. I quickly scanned through Mushrooms Demystified, but was not able to find a match for this specimen. I am not currently able to delve into the task of finding a match for this specimen. I can't say I have not seen this mushroom before, but, for lack of interest, I have not investigated it. I welcome suggestions.





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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2917806 - 07/22/04 11:06 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Nice cubie scores Magma!

'Don't know the answers to your questions but

-i found a lawn-cube about a year ago.
Fresh laid sod at a newly built college.
-i picked and showed it to this dude i was working with and told him it was magic mushroom that grows in cow fields but is strangely growing in this lawn. lol.
-he told me i didnt know what i was talking about and they only grow in cow fields :smile:
i just broke the cap in half to watch it blue a little bit and took a good whiff off the gills,
tossed it back onto the grass and went back to work.

it was a good sized shroom too.
never went back to look for more.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2917907 - 07/22/04 11:28 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

im glad you left one, it shows you are not the typical shroomer taking all and leaving none for mother Earth

dude in Florida espescially whenever you are driving always be on the lookout for yards around you


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: acoostick]
    #2919854 - 07/23/04 11:34 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

^^ That would be a waste of time considering this case is a statistical anomaly. I mean, this is unheard of.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: thearmedforces]
    #2920671 - 07/23/04 03:44 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I don't think I will be perusing lawns while driving my car since it seems it would distract me from achieving my eventual destination. And, as thearmedforces stated, the chances for me spotting a P. cubensis growing on a lawn, even on foot, are practically nonexistant.

In spite of those slim chances, nevertheless, I will pay closer attention to the fungal growth on newly-laid sod, if only as a fond rememberance of my previous find.

Does anyone have an idea for the last mushroom?


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2921314 - 07/23/04 06:45 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Wow, awesome find!!! I wish that cubes grew wild in my area.


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Re: Florida LAWN P. cubensis [Re: MagmaManiac]
    #2922117 - 07/23/04 10:41 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

WOW!! WTF!! I was at my school and saw some caps that looked like cubes in the lawn and I didn't bother to check them because it was a lawn.

I'm gonna go back and lOOk again!!!


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