Fairy Ring Mushrooms in My Lawn
Fairy Ring Mushrooms In the Beginning
Mushrooms in My Lawn
Early one morning, as I had a cup of coffee while standing in my sunroom looking out I noticed something new growing in the grass nearby. A bunch of mushrooms had popped out of the ground and found their way into the light.
Thus began a photographic journey and the basis for this article. Although I had seen mushrooms in the backyard grass before, this was the first time for such a large sized mushroom. They measured about 6 inches across the top of the caps.
Against the background of the dark green grass, their very white caps stood out sharply. They did not come out 1 here and 1 there as previous mushrooms had instead they came out in groups that formed a faint arc across the grass. The next day there were more and it seemed like they were trying to form a semi-circle although a rather large one. I am sure that with more room a large circle of mushrooms would have grown in place – a fairy ring.
Index for Mushrooms in My Lawn
Mushrooms in My Lawn - Introduction
Ebay Mushrooms - Stuff to buy
What are these lawn Mushrooms? - Info on the mushrooms
Mushroom books to buy on Amazon
The Fairy Ring Mushroom - an original poem
Mushroom poetry books to buy on Amazon
The End of the Fairy Ring Mushrooms - they return to the earth
Links to more Nature Articles by this writer
Mushroom ornaments and gifts on Amazon
Comments - Leave Yours
Fairy Ring Mushrooms in Mid-life
Books to Help You Identify That Mushroom Near You
What are these Lawn Mushrooms?
Well, I can assure you that I had no idea what these luscious looking mushrooms were. I’ve seen mushrooms before of course both live, grocery ready and in photos but I could not remember seeing any quite like these. They just looked so very delicious. But wait! Remember the mushroom adage: If you don’t know it for sure let it be.
Hey I got a computer and it’s hooked up to the internet so let’s see what could be found. Here’s the scoop.
1. They appear to be Green Spored Lepiota code named Chlorophyllum molybdites which are also known as the false parasol.
2. Green spored lepiota are poisonous. They may or may not kill you – depends on your constitution – but they sure will make you very sick. Gut pain and the dreaded runs are just two common effects of nibbling on these mushrooms.
3. Generally they are the fruiting bodies of an underground fungi (like all mushrooms) for whom the conditions were right for a spawn. That is, the afternoon before they emerged it rained a lot. The next day was mostly sunny with wispy clouds in the sky and with all the previous rain it was humid – hot and humid. Yep, perfect time to send up some mushrooms and release some spores into the air.
4. These mushrooms generally form fairy rings. That is they grow in circles although if the circle is large you may only see an arch. What I saw was actually a section of an arc which means the underlying fungi occupied a lot of land under the grass
5. Fairy rings are called that because at night when the moon is shining down on the mushrooms you can see the wee folk drinking and dancing the night away among them. Of course it’s a lot easier to see them if you have imbibed in your favorite alcoholic beverage, say a couple of bottles of red, red wine and a few shots of Captain Morgan rum. To help you see them even clearer read a book about fairies while imbibing
Note: imbibing is for adults who need to loosen things up before they can see anything much less fairies. Kid’s minds aren’t usually so closed up so they don’t need any help.
6. Fungi are not plants. However they help return nutrients to the soil, which plants can use, by breaking down dead plant and animal material in the ground.
A Poem Inspired by the Mushrooms in my Lawn
The Fairy Ring Mushroom
Below the grass, in soil untouched
The dead await fungi’s embrace
To be eaten by the deadly lace
To be broken down into particles
And return to the mother
The basics for new life
Through the ground the filaments struggle
Reaching for the air above the earth
To burst through and find the wind
To spread the fungi’s future hopes
And start the cycle anew
The seeds for new fungi
Growing into caps of white
Opening up and spreading out
To reach maturity in a few hours
To live for a short few days
And then return to earth
The nutrients for new growth
by Angelo L. Rodriguez (Angelo52)
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How about You?
Do you get Fairy Ring Mushrooms in your neighborhood?
Fairy Ring Mushrooms at the End of Days
The End of the Fairy Ring Mushrooms
In a few days the mushrooms must have accomplished their mission for the parent fungi. They first started to lose their brilliant white look. They started to fade and become a bit browner every day. Now, considering they were in the hot Florida sun most of the day one would think “Sun Tan” but these are mushrooms and short lives are their destiny.
A couple of days after they emerged not only were they taking on a brownish color on the caps but the edges of the caps were getting frayed looking. Each day the caps would get a bit browner and a lot more raggedy.
Finally they started to fade back into the grass. By this time they were very unappetizing. Fact is they were disgusting to look at and I could only wonder why I would have wanted to snack on them in the first place (well, they did look good when they first came out but the info on them sure shut that desire down quick).
That evening we had one of our better rain bands come through. It poured hard and steady for a good couple of hours. In the morning the fairy ring mushrooms were gone, there was nothing but nice green grass to be seen. Perhaps the mushrooms were dissolved by the rain and sent back into the grass to provide nutrients to the lawn. Only the fairies know for sure.