Sunday, May 29, 2016

More Toadstools

Over a month ago toadstools appeared under some nearby oak trees. They were probably Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric. But now, just around the corner from the oak trees, a new crop of toadstools has emerged under some pines:
They look like the same species, but if so, why didn't they come up at the same time? They are about 100 metres apart, so everything in the environment is the same except the species of tree they are growing on. Why might that make them fruit nearly six weeks later?


  1. This looks like a scene from a children's tale. You can understand why some people believed in fairies and little people.
    Could there be a temperature variation between the two sites? A different micro-nutrient due to animal droppings? Do the different leaves change the Ph of the soil surface? Is the second site dependent on the first? I've never studied environmental science, but it is one of the reasons I like reading your blog. Just one of the reasons.

    1. Thanks, Louise,

      I think it must be some difference related to the trees as that is the only obvious difference, but as you point out, there are probably many variables that could have an effect.