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280 days of Urbpandemonium #213 and #214

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The rubbery brown cauliflower-like thing you see is the fruiting body of the Tremella foliacea* fungus. I am not sure that I had seen it before encountering it multiple times last Sunday on the Urban Nature Walk. The fungus is a parasite that feeds on another fungus.

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You can see the mushroom of the parasite surrounded by the mushroom of the host. The little orangish mushrooms belong to Stereum hirsutum**, a very common wood-digesting fungus. Like VERY common--I could find it anywhere there are trees if you gave me 5 minutes. So why haven't I seen the parasite before? Dunno, but now that I'm aware of it, I bet you I'll see it all the time. Mushrooms have a way of hiding in plain sight, waiting for you to realize they were there all along.


*Trembling foliage

**Hairy and hard (Oh grow up)

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froganon
Dec. 3rd, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)

I thought it was a late dying jack o lantern that I spotted the other day in our woods until I say your picture of the same thing! So thanks for this one. Now I know. I will have to return to the tree and look for the host.
darkest_diary
Dec. 13th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
Huh, it's really interesting. I wonder if any grow around here.
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