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Mushrooms and Fungi

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Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:50 am Unread post
I'm really interested in fungus and every rainy season, I see tons of it around, but my booklet on it isn't very comprehensive. Could we maybe get a forum on mushrooms and fungus, like we have for plants and animals?


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Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:53 am Unread post
Susan - what a great idea. I have also had a problem identifying toadstools and mushrooms with the book I have got.


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Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:54 am Unread post
Ok, well for the time being, lets use this post. I'll go find some photos and post them here


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:17 am Unread post
:dance: Yes, just use this as I don't think there will be enough information and participation to warrant a Fungi Forum. :thumbs_up:

Good news, there is a new book on SA Fungi coming out soon. I will let you know as soon as I know more.


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:01 am Unread post
Thanks Imberbe - will keep an eye open for it.


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:44 am Unread post
Please pardon my ignorance - do lichen also fall under this category?


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:22 pm Unread post
As far as I know Lichen is a fungus - so i am sure it would fit in well with this topic.


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:42 pm Unread post
Not quite Moggiedog . Rather a mixture of algae and fungi . It is called a simbiosis , whereby one organism lives off another organism , but both of them draw benefit out of living together ( maybe like a husband and wife , living in harmony :hmz: )


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Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:47 pm Unread post
okie - thanks for that. Perhaps it can be included here as I havent seen any other topics covering it - But I may be mistakem.

Susanb - how do you feel about that?

(okie - isnt that an oxymoron husband and wife living in harmony :tongue: )


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Moggie _ something like : what's yours is mine , and what is mine is also mine :doh:


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Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:46 pm Unread post
moggiedog wrote
okie - thanks for that. Perhaps it can be included here as I havent seen any other topics covering it - But I may be mistakem.

Susanb - how do you feel about that?

(okie - isnt that an oxymoron husband and wife living in harmony :tongue: )


Thanks for asking, but I think anything remotely like fungi can be included in this post. Unfortunately, now that I'm asking about fungi, I haven't found any to take photos of. Its not exactly that time of year, so a few more months and with the rain will come the Fungi!!

In the meantime, I'll be searching my photo's and will try get this thing started


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Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:23 pm Unread post
Ok folks, well that didn't take too long. Here are some pics I found. I've IDed the ones I know, but feel free to correct me. Also posting some I don't know, so it would be great if someone could ID them for me.

Lichen
Fungus and alga. Close symbiosis, each benefiting from relationship. Alga photosynthesizes, and contributes carbohydrates. Fungus digest substrate on which it is anchored and contributes minerals
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Edible Bracket
Cape leathery to woody, white to cream, smooth. Found Summer to Autumn. Fragrant spicy smell. Found on dead hardwood trees.
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Found this on a termite mound
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This was growing out of a rotting tree stump
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This is a brack of some kind
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This stuff was growing out of a wet patch of soil. Was only about 20mm high
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And lastly, this is a very interesting 'oldschool' mushroom
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Hi,

What a great board - first post, and a question - I came across this oddity this past weekend on our farm (between Melkbosstrand and Atlantis on the West Coast), and would love to know what it is!

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Anyone out there have a book that can identify this mushroom from the Kalahari, please? Many thanks, if so.
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:29 pm Unread post
@AFRICAT,

What you see here is an "Ink Cap / Slangkop". They normally come out after the raining season and when the rains have been good and just the right temperature, they show themself when the N'abba start coming out. It is also called the False inc cap - Padocis sp

They look very similar than most of your Caprinus Comatus species (Google them and have a look).
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