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280 days of Urbpandemonium #102

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Bondarzewia berkeleyi* is a mushroom so big that photographers traditionally place hats on it for scale. The greater part of the fungus is hard at work digesting "moist, poorly protected undersurface of tree trunk's thickest part" causing a disease called "butt rot," undoubtedly named by 12 year old with a forestry degree. Despite looking for all the world like a polypore mushroom, "Big Berk" is more closely related to Russula producing fungi. Future mushroom field guides are going to have to make a choice between grouping together species that look alike or species that are actually closely related.

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* Bondarzewia is named for A.S. Bondarzew; berkeleyi is named for British mycologist M. J. Berkeley (1803-1889).

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lyonesse
Jul. 16th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
wow, that's wack! it really does look like sulfur shelf, except not in a shelf.
wraithfodder
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh oh, THAT's why I saw in the yard!!! Thanks for IDing it.
calypso72
Jul. 17th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
This post made me laugh. My forester fiancé says they say "butt" a lot, and they don't giggle when they say it.
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