Fortuitous Foreign Fungus Found

Note the almost microscopic "babies" at the base

While loading the poplar trunk I cut up a year ago–the one we dropped there, off our bedroom window, and I stacked over below the Goose Creek bluff just at the confluence with Nameless Creek.

It shouldn’t have stayed this long on the ground. Resistance to rot in soil contact is not poplar’s strong suit–though our siding is 120 year old poplar–that hangs in the rather nicely if kept dry.

So there these (temporarily) unknown mushrooms appeared, when I pulled a 16″ wide section over, out of the grass and into the light of a “brisky” afternoon (that’s brisk and windy combined.)

Somebody in the NRV Mushroom Club will know these–or be willing and have the ID resources to key them out. The velvety stag-horn stems, incomplete veins and general appearance will trigger an identification eventually. Or if you think you know these lovely shrooms, let me know. (Scale: largest caps about 1.75 inches across.)

Now: I gotta get back to work.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Thanks for pointing out the babies. Good photo! It’s so sharp and detailed, a mycologist will surely be able to identify.