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Fungi


I know I'm a fun guy, but for heaven's sake I'll spare you the puns.
Walking my usual route by One Mile Creek I spotted some fungi on the side of a gum.
To photograph it well I needed the pod, so I went home to fetch it and returned to the scene.


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Re: Fungi

It's a mazegill, possibly Oak Mazegill (Daedalea quercina (L.): Fr.) which is know to infect Eucalyptus. It looks past its best and seems to have some kind of mould on it.

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Thanks Harold, I'm afraid I'm totally clueless when it comes to botanica. I have noticed that there are different types of fungi that grow on eucalypts.
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Re: Fungi

But is it edible? Can I have it fried with my usual Sunday breakfast (mushroom and egg on toast)?
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Re: Fungi

Of course it's edible - which isn't to say that you would not die in excruciating agony. On the other hand you might simply wind up in a mental institution with chronic hallucinations, or at best join the flower people and spend the rest of your life making free love.
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A mouldy fungus, what next......
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Of course it's edible - which isn't to say that you would not die in excruciating agony. On the other hand you might simply wind up in a mental institution with chronic hallucinations, or at best join the flower people and spend the rest of your life making free love.
It might be very crunchy, when at its best.

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A mouldy fungus, what next......
It happens all the time. They also sometimes have parasitic mushrooms growing on them.

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...Walking my usual route by One Mile Creek I spotted some fungi on the side of a gum. To photograph it well I needed the pod, so I went home to fetch it and returned to the scene.
Well worth the return trip. Nice shots.

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...or at best join the flower people and spend the rest of your life making free love.
I'll have some.
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It happens all the time. They also sometimes have parasitic mushrooms growing on them. Harold
There was a case in Oz last year when two Asian girls died agonisingly after gathering and eating deadly death-cap mushrooms. There's an oak tree on my lawn beneath which they sprout up occasionally.

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If the 3rd option is a real possibility I think I might take a chance...
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If the 3rd option is a real possibility I think I might take a chance...
Not possible in this case. No bracket fungi are listed as pshyco-active.

https://mushroomobserver.org/species...ecies_list/201

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Of course it's edible - which isn't to say that you would not die in excruciating agony. On the other hand you might simply wind up in a mental institution with chronic hallucinations, or at best join the flower people and spend the rest of your life making free love.
Put me down for the last option!

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There was a case in Oz last year when two Asian girls died agonisingly after gathering and eating deadly death-cap mushrooms. There's an oak tree on my lawn beneath which they sprout up occasionally.
Exactly the same thing happened about 5 years ago in the U.K. An Asian woman and her mother gathered Death Caps in the gardens in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, thinking that they were the edible Straw Mushrooms they gathered where they came from. One of them died, but I'm not sure what organ damage the survivor suffered. It's often liver and kidneys and may require a transplant.

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