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  1. This seems to have a stinkhorn type of fruit that resembles a flower.  I feed the worms with a small amount of kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard, and coffee grounds.  I have had the bin for about 10 months and have never noticed anything remotely close to this.  I could inspect the bottom but certainly it would break off.


    I thought y’all would enjoy an oddball.  Thoughts?

    Happy 4th!


  2. 10 hours ago, vitog said:

    According to MushroomExpert.com, Cantharellus cinnabarinus is found in eastern North America in hardwoods; and it's not listed in the mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.  The mushrooms in the photo were found near the west coast in an apparently coniferous forest, from the looks of the needles on the ground.

    D. Aurora states one ID in the PNW (unverified) and populations in Arizona per his book ‘mushrooms demystified’ pg 664.  Granted AZ is a world away from the PNW it shows it is on the western side of the rockies.  Also of note is Aurora noted pine habitat in Michigan, PA, and NC.  I too noted the eastern US main habitat but thats my limited 2 cent knowledge.

  3. 23 hours ago, Dave W said:

    The polypores seen here are a type of  "Varnished Ganoderma", aka Reishi. "Red Belted Polypore" refers to species of Fomitopsis, and these types grow mainly (exclusively?)  on conifers, usually pine. I don't have a name for the exact species of Ganoderma seen here. In PA I find G. tsugae (on hemlock, rarely on birch), G. curtisii (on maple), and G. sessile (on maple). The ones seen here growing on oak in FL are possibly a different species from the ones I'm familiar with. 

    Polypores are sometimes quite stingy giving up spores. You need to harvest at just the right time. But, if you're lucky enough to get a spore print here that's thick enough to determine spore color, then this is useful. 

    Re “red belted polypore” I have found them growning on aspens often where I hunt.  I also have never found one with a stipe as shown above.  I concur with Ganoderma ID.

  4. Dutch elm seems nonexistent down here in El Paso.  I also didn’t have not seen it anywhere I have been in Texas.  However the most common elm is the trash tree, siberian elm ‘Ulmas pumila’.  I have an 20-30 year ‘Ulmas parvofolia’ lacebark elm a few houses away that is super happy.  There are also a few native elms north of me in wetter areas that seem disease free.

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