Mushroom Foray in Beverly Hills

Jan 24th, 2010 by vanessa | 0

Vanessa Vobis: Mushroom in Beverly HillsAfter a week of unusually intense rain showers and hail I set out to discover LA mycological specimen. From the spongy and slimey, to the statuesque and colorful, LA does have quite a variety! Most had sprouted above the ground within the last two days, with the oldest being about seven days in age. Unfortunately, 75% of the mushrooms found were poisenous, distasteful, rotten with maggots, or eaten by snails.

Nevertheless, people in the U.S. are becoming increasingly aware of and interested in learning more about mushrooms… maybe it’s some combination of the economy, sustainability interests, change in values and life styles, delicacy, and medicinal uses (which are so common in Asian pharmacies).

Thanks to a lecture by the Los Angeles Mycological Society, hosted at the LA Natural History Museum, where we saw four hundred images of fungi specimen shown in one hour. This gave us a firm grasp on three fungi categories:

  • myco-heterotrophy or mycorrhiza: share and benefit between host and fungi
  • saprophyte: fungi lives off of dead matter like decaying leafs
  • parasitic: fungi takes over and kills host

Speaking of parasites, I need to make a post about my plant lice. Post title: PestFest on my Succulents!

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