Notes: Have you ever seen a chanterelle do this? I hadn’t. Maybe it’s a dry year (or was), so the chanterelles aborted? Anyone know? This was growing right in with the regular chanterelles.
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in my book, science trumps the table. But I don’t think that I hold a majority opinion in the mushroom world! :)
Ain’t it fun finding these freaks of nature? When you are a mushroom hunter, you can expect the unexpected! When animals are this “damaged” they just die, and seeing some poor creature that can’t make its way in the world is just sad. At least the fungi are designed to be ephemeral, so we can enjoy their bizarre forms, no matter how maladaptive. and who knows: maladaptive today, right up the evolution alley tomorrow!
thanks for sharing your odd find with us here on MO.
I think I picked this one to eat, so I’ll get a spore print. Might as well keep him, too.
I have found a couple of these odd, hymenium heavy chanties here in CA. Ah, the infinite variety of fungal forms!
Maybe not “aborted” at all … if that tissue is still producing spores. Do you still have it? If so, see if it will throw a spore print, just for fun and to further our knowledge of these odd but way cool forms.
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