Ghost mushroom, a wonder of nature

This photo of the ghost mushroom was taken by Chinese photographer Callie Chee. it comes to omphalotus nidiformisa fluorescent green fungus that grows in Australia.

With his photo, Chee won first place in the Plants and Fungi category of the Nature Photo Contest YKAN 2022.

The species is mainly distributed in Australia and Tasmania, and has also been detected in India. It is characterized by growing on the roots of living, dead or dying trees. The crown, or “hat”, is cup-shaped and can measure up to 30 centimeters in diameter. During the day this can have shades of white, orange, brown, gray, blue or purple.

They belong to a genus that is characterized by presenting bioluminescence, which disappears with the aging of the fungus. This feature is easier to observe in low light conditions and was only detected in the fruiting body, it is not known if the mycelium is also bioluminescent.

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Fluorescent fungus technical sheet

omphalotus nidiformis is species from fungus gives family marasmiaceae🇧🇷 O geographic distribution Occurs mainly in southern Australia Y tasmaniaalthough their presence was reported in the India in 2012. The fruiting bodies 🇧🇷basidiocarps) measure approximately 30 cm broad, funnel- or fan-shaped, with cream-colored hats with shades of orange, brown, purple or blue-black. At linen white or creamy are located along the stipe, which measures up to 8 cm in length and tapers at the base. the fungus is saprotrophic Y parasiteusually with basidiocarps growing in overlapping groups on a wide variety of dead and dying trees.

described for the first time in 1844, the species has been known by several names in its history taxonomic🇧🇷 the mycologist american Orson K Miller Jr. gave it its current name in 1994. scientific name derives from Latin nests«nest», due to its «nest shape».

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Similar in appearance to members of the sexual gender Pleurotuswas previously considered to belong to this group and had the names Pleurotus nidiformis any Pleurotus lampas🇧🇷 the difference of Pleurotus🇧🇷 O. nidiformis It’s poisonous🇧🇷 While not lethal, it does cause vomiting half an hour to two hours after consumption. The toxic properties of the fungus are attributed to compounds known as illuminate🇧🇷 The species belongs to the genus Cosmopolitan omphalotuswhich are characterized by having properties bioluminescent🇧🇷


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