Mystery Mushroom

P1000379This little guy popped up amongst my parsley and I only just noticed it. Maybe I should water my plants more often.

So here are some fun facts:

  • called leucocoprimnus birnbaumii, or “spirit umbrellas”
  • commonly found in pot plants or glass houses, and probably come in the potting mix
  • not poisonous, but don’t eat it
  • more common in summer and warm environments
  • they are not known to harm plants
  • there is no getting rid of it, unless you change all of the soil
  • fun to look at; maybe you’ll find one in your garden
  • they may grow into this and put out spores:

Leucocoprinus young and old

Resources:

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/feb2002.html

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/leucocoprinus_birnbaumii.html

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