Observation 30863: Non-fungal

When: 2009-12-24

Collection location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jonathan M

No specimen available

Unknown fungi found on my lawn

Happy Christmas to all!

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Yes I beleive there Saprophytic
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-25 10:05:14 PST (-0800)

Yes I think they are Saprophytic, I have a hypothesis, now this has not been proven but I believe pure lactose and fructose are taken up from the roots and from the ends of branches and then it is transformed in to sucrose. The specie Candy cane is known to contain natural menthol, This gives it its peppermint sweet taste.

They have some interesting
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-12-25 09:07:32 PST (-0800)

attachment conifer trees during this season !
they are now always terrestrial either are they, they they could be saprophytic? may be as a mycorrihizal fungi would not grow on tree limbs

Ho Ho Ho Ho!
By: BakerSt10
2009-12-25 07:20:25 PST (-0800)
the are edible but
By: Jonathan M
2009-12-24 10:16:46 PST (-0800)

Like sullius they have a gelatinous thing on it that you need to remove.

I found some of these
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-24 09:36:26 PST (-0800)

I found some of these growing in my neighbors yard. They seem to appear around Christmas time and appear to be terrestrial in nature. I have found smaller species attached to conifer trees and just the other day there was one on a hickory which i thought strange since this species has a propensity for conifers. They seem to appear more when there is a blizzard going on, or large amount of snow. There growing period starts about a week before Christmas until New Years day when they all seem to just vanish, I made this observation last year. From my understanding they are a great edible and are listed as Choice.

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