Brain-like fungi found in vegetable garden

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Morchella13
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Brain-like fungi found in vegetable garden

Post by Morchella13 » Thu May 02, 2019 7:40 am

After using some compost that was laced with mycelium, I noticed a weird brain-like fungi growing amongst the new transplants in the vegetable garden. Currently this fungus is growing in our bed of Asian greens and also as of this morning I noticed it growing in our bed of onions. I started seeing these about 1 to 2 weeks ago.

It has no gills that I can see, it's soft and jelly-like when cut open: white-ish on the inside and white-ish/yellow-ish on the outside. The potting soil/compost we used came from Germany.

I've been googling every version of "brain-like fungus" I can think of and I'm having the hardest time finding this.

Wondering if anyone on here has seen this or know what it is? As far as we can tell it doesn't seem to be hurting the plants...
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A J Sheppard
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Re: Brain-like fungi found in vegetable garden

Post by A J Sheppard » Mon May 13, 2019 5:49 pm

Having looked through my books. I can only see this would be Sparassis of some kind. But I am no expert. Though there does not seem to be anything else that looks any closer than that.

Though if it was on a host and at the right time of year, it could have been Chicken of the woods Sulphur Polypore Laetiporus. However you have probably already looked at these.

8-)

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