Wednesday, July 16, 2014

suspected killer mushrooms attack Westmoreland tree

Suspected killer mushrooms have emerged at the base of a majestic tree on the ground of the historically important Westmoreland Terrace Condominiums.  Many persons falsely believe that mushrooms are harmless if you don't eat them.  That's not true.  Mushrooms can kill trees.  These mushrooms and this tree should be watched carefully.

Not all mushrooms are evil, vicious killers. Mushrooms overall make an important contribution to lessening global warming.  But these mushrooms look suspicious.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, the mushroom images from the Ode Street Tribune have found their way to the Mushroom Observer web site and a mushroom expert from Pembroke, Maine who is a member of that site has identified the mushroom as either "Polyporales sensu lato" or "Pseudoinonotus dryadeus". See the Mushroom Observer web site at: http://mushroomobserver.org/170392?q=254kW
I also note that Wikipedia indicates that "Presence of a fruit body may indicate that the mycelium has penetrated and weakened the root crown of the tree".
Common names of this mushroom are: oak bracket, warted oak polypore, weeping polypore or weeping conk.

This mushroom is parasitic saprobic fungus. The spores enter wounds on broadleaf trees such as oak, maple, elm or chestnut and the mycelium then grows inside the tree. The fruiting body is only a small part of this organism. It usually grows near the base of a tree to which it is attached.

Anonymous said...

Note, another name for Polyporus dryadeus is Inonotus dryadeus.
The Phylum is: Basidiomycota
The Class is: Agaricomycetes
The Subclass is: Agaricomycetidae
The Order is: Hymenochaetales
The Family is : Hymenochaetaceae
The Genus is : Inonotus
The Species is: dryadeus