Fungi forum: Fairy Circles

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 7, 2015 2:32 PM CST
A few Fairy Circle around the neighborhood.

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 7, 2015 2:56 PM CST
I find these in my front yard frequently! Smiling
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jan 7, 2015 3:13 PM CST
It's hard for me to interpret what I see with the fungi. Since what is visible is basically the fruit of an organism, is what we see a single organism or several or many. I've always thought the fairy circles were probably all from a single organism. At least those that make up one circle. But not sure. I just tend to wonder about what shows up and how it may be working in the landscape. When tiny little mushrooms show up in a container of sedum, it means that sedum isn't going to get any extra water for a little while. I've been known to move containers under a roof in rainy conditions :). In the potted cannas, though, I'd consider it likely to be a good thing.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 7, 2015 3:21 PM CST
I am fairly sure, although not "certain," that fairy rings are a single mycelium. I'll have to dig out my mushroom books. And there are several types that make "fairy rings." Some of them are edible. Smiling
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plantladylin
Jan 7, 2015 3:53 PM CST
Green Grin! I must have been living in a cave or something because I'd never heard the term Fairy Circle so I had to google; very neat! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring

In Africa it's different: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_circle_%28Africa%29
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wildflowers
Jan 11, 2015 11:06 AM CST
I enjoy finding fairy circles. Thumbs up

I think the scientific explanation is that a single fungus starts underground where the mushrooms grow out and emerge in a circle?

Or, as I prefer;

A place where nature spirits such as gnomes, undines, sylphs, pixies and fairies dance and play.

Must be my inner child. Smiling
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barefeet
Jul 10, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Hurray!
What a magical world we live in!!!

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