Interesting specimen


Look around in forest duff and you can find all manner of mushrooms if it’s been damp. I usually see the classic sorts with the look of a miniature umbrella. This one had a very different look.

12 thoughts on “Interesting specimen”

  1. I’m with Andy. I thought first of a Faberge egg. Although it is rather attractive I hope you didn’t try to eat it!

  2. Altho I have never been successful, I enjoy mushroom hunting. This one is a beauty; too good to eat and wonder if it is a good one?

  3. I’ll pick familiar berries but mushrooms are the very last thing I’d forage. I take warnings seriously … and have seen too many stories of people whose guesses about mushrooms were wrong.

  4. I never got past the phrase “forest duff.” I have no idea what that is, but I can hardly wait to use it in a sentence and see if the listener knows what I am talking about. If so, that will be one of us.

  5. I, too, was curious about the phrase, did some research, and this is what I found: The forest floor, also called detritus, duff and the O horizon, is one of the most distinctive features of a forest ecosystem. It mainly consists of shed vegetative parts, such as leaves, branches, bark, and stems, existing in various stages of decomposition above the soil surface.

  6. A+ Kate! And a clue to that answer was that duff is a great medium for mushrooms. You can see the mushroom above nestled in bits and pieces of “shed vegetative parts.”

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