fruiting bodies

Water fell from the sky, and there was no thunder. Amazing. As a result, these appeared in my neighbors’ lawn.

Someone who knows mushrooms told me these might be edible, but I don’t do much cooking these days. And anyway, “there are old mushroom hunters, and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.” I think these are in the genus Lepiota but I’m content just to gawk at them.

In fact my earliest memory has to do with mushrooms; I vividly remember everyone, including the doctor, standing over my crib looking down at me after I ate a poisonous mushroom. (Doctors still made house calls, and Eisenhower had just moved into the White House.) I guess I survived, and that was no doubt the beginning of my interest in plants.

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2 Responses to fruiting bodies

  1. Love them mushrooms–not as many this year. Bill Adams knows his stuff–and Vera Evenson at DBG…she would point out that Mushrooms are not in the Plant Kingdom, however! Although more and more kinds of plants (including cacti) are known to be codependent on Mycelia for their surivival!

    • paridevita says:

      Yes, not in the plant kingdom, but they ought to be. I think it was Terence Mckenna who suggested that the red and white outfit of St. Nick ultimately originated as an evocation of Amanita muscaria. A visual color imprint going back thousands of years.


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