Monday, September 18, 2017

My fungus friend

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Day 2/100 
Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death.
-- Paul Stamets
Shortly after I moved here in May, I noticed a fungus growing on the side of a rock planter in my patio. I expected it to die away, but it just keeps getting bigger. I've become very protective of it, putting pots around it to keep workers from accidentally kicking it when they're working around here.
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Fortunately my camera has a rotating LCD so I could get a picture of the underside. I know nothing about fungi so if anyone knows anything about this one, I'd love to know more.  Google thinks it's a  lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom and the Vietnamese name for it means spirit/soul mushroom. If this is what it is, it has been used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years.
I'm glad I'm being nice to it.

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