Notes: Found on decaying log next to small stream. This fruiting exhibited unique morphology, it has about 15 caps attached on one base, it grows flatter on agar than other Panellus stipticus and does not glow. I cloned it due to its prolific cap production. No glow was seen on either the fresh mushroom or the mycelium.
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Definitely get the fresh ones, I have seen them hang around into winter, the fruitbodies can actually shrivel up, then get re-hydrated when it rains again and continue dropping spores. I collected some spore prints in the middle of January . The glow can stay with them for a long time but once they start drying out the glow fades away.
With fresh material currently available, I should give this a try.
The glow varies depending on strain, some are bright enough to see in even a dim room while others require nearly a half hour in total darkness,there seems to be no way to predict which will be brighter. Smaller fruits will be bright, dimming a bit as they age. Sitting in a room with all the light blocked off is best. It takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust, I usually bring an agar plate of it in with me so I have a comparison and know when my eyes are beginning to be adjusted enough to see it.
And apparently, there are some on the east coast that don’t even glow as well, I know the west coast varieties don’t.
that are apparently newly emerged. I’ve never observed the bioluminescence in this species… probably because I’ve only collected post-mature specimens. They tend to hang around for months into the winter. Any suggestions for observing the glow?
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