Saturday, October 15, 2016

Another Creepy Mushroom Story...!

For some reason, I got caught up on these strange looking mushrooms and the information about them.

Listverse is a good source for these articles and many more like them. Maybe I like them because it's close to Halloween...I don't know. I hope you find them interesting.

Dead Man’s Fingers

Many fungi live unseen beneath the soil for most of the year. The only time you see them is when they poke up their spore-producing structures. Mushrooms are just the way that fungi spread their descendants. Not all fungi produce mushrooms, however.

Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man’s fingers, sends up branches of gnarled-looking black structures. Their common name is apt because they look as if they could well be the fingers of some dead man trying to scratch his way out of the earth. The black surface is the spore-producing part of the fungus, which lives on the decaying matter of plants beneath the surface.

Mother Nature has some really creepy critters growing. Fun to hunt for them, but best to do it in the light of day, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.


Chickenmom said...

Yikes! Glad I haven't seen them here in Coopville!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
I know what you mean.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

The mycelium (looks like threads or cob webs) is the actual fungus plant and what we see above ground are the blooms.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Oh yes, those in your picture look like scary fingers reaching up to grab us.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Nature has some strange and wonderful stuff out there, if you know where to look.
Thanks for coming by today!