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Offline Technopat

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« on: October 11, 2007, 12:36 PM »
The following was taken with a cellphone during a stroll through the Retiro - I first noticed it 'cos of clouds of yellow "dust" floating through the air and after repressing my instinct to flee in the opp. dir. drew up level with this beautiful ejemplar - can't have been there long 'cos the park staff would have done summat about it ...

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Technopat
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While I haven't totally rejected the idea of accepting a dig. cam. from Old Father Darwin in December, I refuse to have a cellphone with cam.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2007, 14:10 PM by Technopat »
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 12:44 PM »
Greetings All,
It worked! And of course can't believe how mind-boggling simple it was to post it - even with Windows!
But in my eagerness to see if there was anything to see (the Preview function doesn't work for images?) I forgot to greet you all and pose the following questions:
a) What tree is it and what 'shroom is growing out of the 'ole?
b) I was struck by the huge amounts of spores being "expulsed" or "ejected" rather than released. There was absolutely no wind so they weren't being blown off . they were being pushed out and floated in the still air - unfortunately the camera didn't catch that - does anyone know whether it happens continuosly or only under certain temperatures, times of day/night, etc.?

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Technopat
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 12:46 PM »
Apologies for not holding a coin, etc. up to it - I was going for the natural look rather than the scientific aspect. It was more than a foot an' a half in height and about a foot an' a half in width.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 17:19 PM »
Hi Technopat, I've done some trawling but have been unable to ID it, apart from it being a type of bracket or shelf fungus, of which there seem to be an almost infinite variety.  So even if yours isn’t as horizontal or shelf-like as others, I imagine it still falls within the group.  They like dead wood, but the spores will latch onto wounded bark on a living tree.  So in effect the tree acts as the stipe for the shelf-like structures, also known as “conks”.  Your 'shroom has white crinkly-edged conks!