Monday, December 29, 2014

Mycological Parameters with the Mycomorphbox

"Overnight,
Very Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly"
"Our toes, our noses,
Take hold of the loam,
Acquire the air."
"Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room"
"Soft fists insist on,
Heaving the needles,
the leafy bedding."
"Even the paving,
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless"
"Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes."
"We Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered."
"Asking little or nothing,
So many of us!
So many of us!"
"We are shelves,
We are tables,
We are meek,
We are edible."
"Nudgers and shovers,
In spite of ourselves,
Our kind multiplies:"
"We shall by morning,
Inherit the Earth.
Our foot's in the door"
-Sylvia Plath
(Below: The eight boxes of the Mycomorphbox, the chart of Mycological Characteristics)
As I have already covered, mushrooms are very enchanting. Mushrooms are important to forests. They decay smelly, rotten things, provide food for animals and humans, and even help reduce pollutants in farmland. So here is a simple test you can do at home to simplify and narrow down the identification process. The chart above are the Mycological Characteristics, which aid in identifying mushrooms. These qualities combined in correct order when matched up with a mushroom being identified, are its Mycological Parameters. The template above is the Mycomorphbox, a chart of all known Mycological Characteristics. Below, I will show you how to use this useful chart.
(Sporeprints are easy to do, just lay a mushroom cap on some construction paper, gills down, and put a plastic cup over the cap. Wait overnight and in the morning, a sporeprint should be under the cap)
From these pictures, the mushroom itself is hard to identify but with the Mycomorphbox (borrowed from Wikipedia) we can find out the Mycological Parameters of the Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa, bisporigea, or ocreata). First, the name which we have covered:
Scientific Name: Amanita virosa
Common Name: Destroying Angel
Next, we will cover the second box, the hymenium. The hymenium type is the underside of the cap.
Hymenium Type: Gills
Now, for the third box; the cap shape.
Cap Shape: Convex when fully grown. Ovate when young.
Then, the fourth box; the hymenium shape.
Hymenium Shape: Free
Moving onto the fifth box, stipe character. The stipe is the stem.
Stipe Character: Ring and Volva
The Sixth box is its sporeprint. The sporeprint is the color of its spores.
Sporeprint: Cream to White
Seventh Box equals the ecology. Ecology is its growth pattern.
Ecology: Mycorrhizal
Hop over to the Eighth Box, the edibility.
Edibility: Deadly
So thank you for reading about the Mycomorphbox and I hope It helps you in the future!
Happy Trails,
Critter Cade