Observation 32164: Peziza domiciliana Cooke

When: 1982-06-15

Collection location: East Palestine, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:10 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘East Palestine Ohio’ to ‘East Palestine, Ohio, USA

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this likes carpet
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-01-18 18:12:43 PST (-0800)

There is a house, down the road, from where I live, that is abandon. Moister gets in because the majority of window are broken and there are some major roof leaks all over the place. In the Basement there is a carpet that appears to be shag that fruits with these every spring, with between 50 to 100 or so fruiting bodies. The carpet is a synthetic, but the backing of it looks to be a natural material that the synthetic is wove into. last year I went in there and pulled up some of that carpet. There is a green, white, gray mould and you can see a white mass in some places which i think are the mycelium of this Peziza. There is a lot of dirt also. But i think a lot of the rug backing are not synthetic and that is the substrate for this fungi.

Maybe wool in the carpet?
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-01-18 14:09:14 PST (-0800)

And yes it was a damp area.

So, there was moisture.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-01-18 13:58:38 PST (-0800)

Even so … carpet? Modern carpets are nylon, rayon, etc. — they’re basically plastic. If you’ve discovered a fungus that can eat plastic, then we’ve got a major new tool for helping the environment; spore slurry + landfill = get rid of one of the longest-lasting types of trash from it.

On the other hand, such a species could become an unprecedented pest. One of the big things about plastic is that it doesn’t rot, because nothing eats it, and it doesn’t corrode, so plastic parts are very durable to age (if not to wear). Clothes made of synthetics are virtually indestructible; they slowly break down over many washings, but nobody loses whole wardrobes to moths or other bugs anymore. But they used to! So if such a fungus exists and became widespread (and widespread use in bioreclamation of waste would accelerate such a process), it could become a serious problem.

Then again, if that carpet’s filthy enough, the substrate might be the dirt on the carpet rather than the carpet itself. And if it’s old enough, it might be made of an older, traditionally-biodegradable material such as untreated wool or cotton. The polymers in those are, respectively, ordinary amino-acid chains and ordinary polysaccharide chains, equaling food to a much broader selection of this planet’s saprobes.

Both pictures
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-01-18 13:07:43 PST (-0800)

are in situ and not posed. The carpet was in an unfinished basement (mine!), right outside of a shower stall. I can verify they are slippery when stepped on!

By: Jimmie Veitch (jimmiev)
2010-01-18 13:02:46 PST (-0800)

that is so cool!

this is where latin knowledge is helpful…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-01-18 13:00:44 PST (-0800)

domiciliana means dwelling in a home. home is where the carpet is.
these mushrooms are growing in situ in a carpet substrate.

or maybe it’s just really really shaggy linoleum??! ;)

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-01-18 12:55:56 PST (-0800)

It looks like the same carpet in both of the pictures.

You joking?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-01-18 12:32:24 PST (-0800)

Since you aren’t the observer and “carpet” isn’t exactly a typical mushroom habitat, you’ll pardon me if I take it with a grain of salt. :)

I was referring to the first photo, which seems to be an in situ one, not the second where a specimen is clearly in an artificial environment.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-01-18 11:30:45 PST (-0800)
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-01-18 11:26:19 PST (-0800)

is that substrate? (1st photo)

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