8/12/15

Cyathus striatus




Early this year I drew Cyathus striatus on a Moleskine journal and posted it hereCyathus striatus or Fluted Bird's Nest mushroom looks like a miniature bird's nest with tiny eggs called peridioles that contain spores. It has a hairy exterior and grooved (striated) inner walls. It is a saprophyte, growing on dead or decaying wood but may also be found on wood chip mulch. 

Well, today I was watering some plants and noted these tiny objects on the mulch. At first they looked like nail heads but when I looked closer I discovered that they are Cyathus striatus mushrooms. See how small they are on the image with my pointing finger. Pretty cool hey? Look at the periodoles. This phone camera is not bad either. Yay!




5/31/15

Ophiocordyceps sinensis or Caterpillar Fungus



Whoa! A blog post. I have been absent from my blog since I became engrossed with gardening. What an awesome activity. I get to plant something and watch it grow. It is a great test of patience but I am learning. I did start a Moleskine journal consisting of mushroom illustrations and have been posting them on Instagram. I like Instagram. It is lazy and impersonal. Oh yes, I have been studying mushrooms, though it has slowed down because of June. June is the last month of our fiscal year and so many of my projects at work are being implemented. Hope you are all well and safe.




Ophiocordyceps sinensis or Caterpillar Fungus, is a fungus that infects and parasitizes a species of ghost moth caterpillars found mainly on the Tibetan plateau. This fungus is highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine and its high demand and price have caused ecology issues in the Tibetan plateau and Ophiocordyceps sinensis to be considered a threatened species.