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OfflineNITRIC
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mushrooms in a circle
    #407611 - 09/28/01 04:43 PM (20 years, 2 months ago)

why do some mushrooms grow in circular pattern on the ground?





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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: NITRIC]
    #407620 - 09/28/01 04:55 PM (20 years, 2 months ago)

Those rings are called "fairy rings"

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HOW FAIRY RING BEGINS
The ring begins as a growth of fungus that starts at a central point and grows outward at a rate of 1 foot to 2 feet per year. Eventually, it will grow right out of the lawn. In addition to being unsightly, it can also cause damage to the lawn. It is not known if fairy ring is started by the white, hair-like fungal mass known as a fungal mycellium or by germination of the fungal spore produced in mushrooms. Researchers have attempted to produce fairy ring under experimental conditions but have been unsuccessful. They have found however, that the fungus begins to grow in either the soil itself or in the thatch layer above the soil. Thatch is the accumulation of dead roots and shoots produced by the lawn.

The fungus lives by decomposing organic matter and moves deeply into the soil forming a dense, thread-like network of white mycellium that penetrates the soil to a depth of 10 inches to 20 inches. Some reports indicate that the fungal mass reaches as much as two feet.

The lush, dark green grass forming around the ring is caused by nitrogen released by the fungus as it decomposes the organic matter in the soil. The dark green is more pronounced if the surrounding lawn needs fertilizing. By contrast, the dead or dry zone is the result of insufficient moisture. The network of mycellium growing through the pores of the soil prevents water from reaching the plant's roots.







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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: Una]
    #407687 - 09/28/01 06:16 PM (20 years, 2 months ago)

does fairy rings exist in the world of magic mushrooms



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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: NITRIC]
    #408057 - 09/29/01 05:46 AM (20 years, 2 months ago)

There is a great picture of a large fairy ring of Gallerina in Stamet's book...



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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: Zen Peddler]
    #408335 - 09/29/01 03:28 PM (20 years, 2 months ago)

I'm gonna elaborate on this, ok.
NITRIC just asked if Psilocybes grew in fairy rings.
Bluemeanie, you responded with the fact that there is a picture of Galerinas growing in fairy rings, In Paul's book.
For the record, Galerinas are not Psilocybes or even hallucinogenic, but are very, very dealy-poisonous! Seriously, they'll kill you!
Ok, I'm not getting on your case, bluemeanie, or even putting you down in the slightest way! Although, a newbie might come here and read the last two posts and think, "OK, so Galerinas are hallucinogenic! Right on!".
Yeah, someone might have only one book and in that book there might be a general discription of say Galerina autumnalis. Well, some older books might not list the Galerina as deadly poisonous, as mycology wasn't aware of the fact that they were lethal at the time of printing.
Then, this person knows what the mushroom looks like and goes to the park and picks tons of Happy Little Galerinas, while his heart is pounding with enjoyment. Then, about a week or so later, the person dies from liver and/or kidney failure!
I know it's a stretch, but I'm explaining the reason for replying to the post.
I originally was just going to post, "Galerinas are not hallucinogenic, but are actually deadly poisonous!". But, I thought that might be degrading to someone who already knew this and might take offense.
So.........I've typed out this long-ass post explaining the reason why I thought it might possibly be needed to have told the possibly shroom-hungry newbie that Galerinas are no good!
I hope I didn't offend anyone, seriously.
Althouhg, yes, that picture of the deadly Galerinas standing proudly in that fairy ring sure is a sight! Awesome, awesome photograph, IMO!
I don't know any Psilocybes that grow in fairy rings. However, I've seen Amanita pantherina growing in a circle around a Douglas Fir one time! Although Panthers aren't that friendly, they are a quite awesome mushroom to look at, especially surrounding a tree like that!
Stay cool!-Levi7.



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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: NITRIC]
    #408461 - 09/29/01 07:41 PM (20 years, 2 months ago)

even i belive in the posts that the spores, do that ,i've found that the most of the circles grow at the corner of cultivated fields , therefore,,just as a thought i think it could if not be a manmade help of nature through ploughs and tractors,ect, turning in fields



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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: Levi7]
    #408772 - 09/30/01 01:37 AM (20 years, 2 months ago)

oops! Your right, Levi7 - i should have explained that they are deadly poisonous !! Sorry



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Re: mushrooms in a circle [Re: Zen Peddler]
    #409068 - 09/30/01 11:20 AM (20 years, 2 months ago)

I'm glad you were not offended, bluemeanie! Seriously!
Hehe, Galerinas sure are pretty on the outside, huh?!
Stay cool!-Levi7.

Edited by Levi7 on 09/30/01 11:49 AM.



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