Since i started looking at mushrooms I’ve noticed mushrooms growing so close together that it looks like their caps have fused together to form one mushroom with two stems. I always had the feeling that mushrooms could do this, and the same with the mycelial organism. that if two organisms met and fell in love that they could fuse into one organism. Now my understanding is that this is how in fact mushrooms have sex. two mycelial strands will meet and where they cross a hyphal knot appears and grows into a fruiting body:the mushroom.
From looking at so many scarlet waxy caps im getting the impression that these mushrooms are not fusing together, however romantic it is to think that, it seems impossible since i cant think of anything else in nature that does this. Its much more likely that they are spitting apart. Here are a few shots of scarlet waxy caps in various stages of what i think is splitting apart. They could however be fusing together, or have always been like this; Siamese scarlet caps.The caps in 4 & 5 are still completely conjoined.
1 a single scarlet waxy cap.
2 the hollow stem becomes double barreled
3 the stem closes into two stems and the caps follow suit
4 the stems split into two and new gills grow from it.
5 the two caps usually don’t have enough room to completely split apart and often look like two separate mushrooms standing really close together
does any one know what this is called, or think of any other fruit that does this?
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