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Aug 16, 2021 3:30 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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A club member found this at the botanical gardens today. It had the base of the daylily completely surrounded.
Looks like some type of fungus to me, but it was hard with the consistency and texture of a piece of slightly rotted wood.
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Aug 16, 2021 3:38 PM CST
Name: James
North Louisiana (Zone 8b)
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I agree

either a conk fungus - or - ground fungus .....no idea which one
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Aug 16, 2021 5:13 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Slime mold perhaps, one type here:

https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-na...
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Aug 16, 2021 5:26 PM CST
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Are there tubular structures inside of it? Wish I could zoom in on the picture. It kind of looks like dryad's saddle, but I've only seen that on trees before. Older specimens have that spongey rotted wood texture you described.
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Aug 16, 2021 5:46 PM CST
Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
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Truffle?
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Aug 16, 2021 6:38 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Well, I can't imagine this ever being edible. Also it formed in just a matter of a few days, it was not there just a week or so ago according to the club member who found it. It was very hard, wood like. I have had slime mold here in my yard, but it was never hard like this. Don't know about any tubular structures inside of it.
The only thing I could find that sounded like this was Shelf fungus, but that also appeared to normally grow on trees.
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Aug 16, 2021 6:47 PM CST
Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
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If it is from the botanical gardens it might be from anywhere on the planet and may not be endemic to your region.
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Aug 16, 2021 8:50 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Possible I suppose, but being the daylily club does all the maintenance of those beds I feel it is probably from here in Alabama.
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Aug 17, 2021 8:05 PM CST
Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7b)
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Mushroom i am guessing . They come up quick here. Just out of no where . Is it real moist in that area? A little too shady? Some of them around here are kinda of rotten wood texture.
Every home needs a daylily, and every daylily needs a home.
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Aug 18, 2021 5:06 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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@seedfork you could try posting in the NGA Fungi Forum:

https://garden.org/forums/view...
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Aug 18, 2021 6:09 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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@sooby
Thanks, I remember reading that some people wanted fungi included in the database, but were turned down because fungi are not plants, so I guess my brain was thinking there would not be a forum for fungi.
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Aug 18, 2021 6:47 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Seedfork said:
Thanks, I remember reading that some people wanted fungi included in the database, but were turned down because fungi are not plants, so I guess my brain was thinking there would not be a forum for fungi.


Interestingly, the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature was changed in 2011 to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. Perhaps that's what prompted the idea?
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Aug 18, 2021 10:16 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I think it had more to do with how Dave has the database setup, and it was not designed for fungi, and molds.
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