Monday, October 4, 2010

Amanita Xanthocephala

Amanita Xanthocephala


Today while going for a walk I noticed a orange dot in the corner of my vision. As I brought my full attention to the orange dot I realised it was in fact, a mushroom. This mushroom was found lying between a rotting eucalypt and a live one.

Amanita xanthocephala lives in an ectomycorrhizal relationship with Eucalyptus.

Amanita Xanthocephala colonizes the host plants' roots extracellularly, by doing this it provides Amanita xanthocephala with a relatively constant and direct access to carbohydrates that the plant produces. The carbohydrates are translocated from their source (Photosynthesis) to root tissue and on to Amanita xanthocephala. In return, the plant gains the benefits of the mycelium's higher absorptive capacity for water and mineral nutrients (Because mycelium has a huge surface area), thus improving the plant's mineral absorption capabilities.

 It amazes me how something so bright and orange can come out of black soil.

15 comments:

  1. bright orange is right. good catch man :)

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  2. Dang this is a very interesting blog. Keep it up dude, I myself have dabbled in mycology.

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  3. So jealous. Seasons over where I am, only pann subs and deadly ones this time round :'(

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  4. That's interesting. Do you think you can do a post about morels next?

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  5. ok. but its too bad they don't grow where i live

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  6. You've got some good creativity in this blog!

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  7. What a wonderful explanation, how informative. Thank you.

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  8. wow, never knew that

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  9. This is pretty amazing, really. Can you tell what each one is just by sight, or what? If you can, then you just blew my mind.

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  10. Thats a beautiful shroom, how you'd learn to distinguish between shrooms? My friends found this big book of shrooms it was pretty epic, was like 400 pages of different mushrooms and all the information you could ask about them, if it was available that is.

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  11. good follow up post to yesterday's

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  12. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  13. You've got such an enthusiasm for this, it's brilliant!

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