Fungus, indoor, soil.

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Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by My ceiling » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:05 pm

I have a small indoor garden with various plants and creatures living in it. Recently some fungus decided to start growing there. I had a closer look and at least one of the fruits was growing directly from the root of my bean plant. They are very small no bigger than 4cm tall. The stem is attached directly to the gills and the cap is slightly curved and a browny/red/orange colour. I've looked at common fungus and can't see any that match. The mushrooms are all growing beneathe the soil. Also a slug ate one of them and worms seem to frequent the area around them.
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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by adampembs » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:19 pm

Welcome to Uk Fungi :)

Please take a moment to read HELP US TO HELP YOU TO IDENTIFY YOUR FINDS

We appreciate you might not be able to provide all these details, but the more the better chance we have of reaching an ID.Particularly, we need to see clear photos of the top of the cap, plus of the gills and stem.

Do you SERIOUSLY expect an ID from these photos?

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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by My ceiling » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:16 pm

digging them up is something I wanted to avoid. Thank you for your response.
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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by My ceiling » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:47 pm

my camera quality isn't great but hopefully these are better :)

I have also read the edibility section though no interest in eating them even if edible. Thank you.

EDIT: One more thing, I sleep very close to the 'garden', should i be concerned about possible long term exposure to the spores through respiration?
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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:49 am

My ceiling wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:47 pm
my camera quality isn't great but hopefully these are better :)

I have also read the edibility section though no interest in eating them even if edible. Thank you.

EDIT: One more thing, I sleep very close to the 'garden', should i be concerned about possible long term exposure to the spores through respiration?
It's not easy to name something from what we see here, so far. However:
1: by picking this fruiting body you have not substantially harmed the underlying fungus
2: we daily breathe in countless hundreds if not thousands of fungus spores and our immune systems are perfectly adapted to dealing with them - the human race has been doing it for millenia. Something like Covid-2019 is a different beast altogether - so think about that, and stay safe.

Best wishes
Chris

PS - full marks for "indoor mycology" would that we could all do it!
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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by adampembs » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:11 am

Inhaling a lot of spores can trigger Hayfever like symptoms among those susceptible to it.

If Chris wont hazard a guess, I wont either. If you had access to a microscope, you could do a gill squash (if the gills are developed enough) or look for a spore deposit on older specimens. Spore colour would be the first thing to check.
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Re: Fungus, indoor, soil.

Post by My ceiling » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:01 am

Appreciate the replies. I naively thought identification of mushrooms was much easier. Thanks for setting me straight I shall attempt to learn more whilst hopefully avoiding the much greater threat.

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