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Unusual Fungi – Oddity of Nature

Don’t be Tempted to Eat this Fungi

On my morning walk yesterday, I noticed big clumps on a neighbor’s tree.  Closer inspection of it showed me what looked very much like a white brain growing on the side of his tree.  It might be some version of a Lion’s mane mushroom, which is quite a delicacy.

Fungus growing on the treeThe fungus appears to be some sort of brain fungus or mushroom.  It has the shape of a brain and is pure white.

Close up of the Brain fungus - perhaps a Lion's mane mushroom?It was growing in two places on the tree, quite some distance apart.

Two pieces of brain fungus.At the base of the tree is another variety of mushroom.  My neighbor seems to have just the right conditions for growing this sort of thing.

Two varieties of fungusThis fungus is perhaps some variety of  A Lion’s mane mushroom.    This mushroom is supposed to improve memory.  They are increasingly sold by gourmet food chains and supposedly can taste like lobster or shrimp.  I am not sure I would be game to try it!  Just my luck that it would be poisonous!

Brain mushroom collage

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Sunday 10th of January 2021

I found two mushrooms look just like these (white & bumpy) but they grew in the ground. I was searching for Matsutake and I found 2 of these weird mushrooms in the ground. I took them home. My friend saw it and he threw them way.


Saturday 28th of February 2015

We have some on my it poison by chance?


Sunday 1st of March 2015

Hi Gracie. I've always been taught to be careful of ingesting mushrooms unless you know for sure. I don't know if they are poisonous. Certainly pretty though! Carol

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