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Oudemansiella mucida

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Oudemansiella mucida (Porcelijnzwam (BE) / Porcelain Fungus (EN) / Beringter Buchscheimrübling (DE) / Mucidule visqueuse (FR) is a fungus in the Physalacriaceae family. The species is specific to beech wood. It appears in autumn on dead trunks and on fallen branches, and occasionally it also grows on living trees. The cap is 2 to 8 cm in diameter, semi-transparent and white. The adnate, broad and very distand gills show through the thin cap flesh, giving the margin a striate appearance. A mucous slime covers the cap during wet weather. The stipe is Slender, with a substantial stem ring, usually 3 to 7 mm in diameter, up to 8 cm long, and often curved so as to bring the cap to the horizontal in situations where large tufts of Porcelain Mushrooms are attached to a small area of the host.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/15 second F/5.6 ISO 100 60 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful! Good DOF and beautiful bokeh. I like that "downhill" view.

9 Oct 2010 9:19am

@Marilla: I'm glas you like it, Marilla. Can you explain some more what you meant by "downhill" view ?

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great angle !! and I like the background color. One of your bests

9 Oct 2010 9:48am

@Veronique: Maybe you noticed I used an other lens (my old macro) for this one ... Just wasn't in the mood carrying tripod and havy lens-stuff etc ... But it turned out very well - went back in the afternoon with all the equipment becouse there were so many lovely species ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

It does indeed look like porcelain. A beautiful 5***** shot

9 Oct 2010 12:08pm

@Christine: Thank you very much for the *'s, Christine. It is one of the most beautiful mushrooms you can see in my opinion - but ... you have to look at the underside (as upcomming images will show !). Have a nice day !!

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

I really like this one...the light is really something special

9 Oct 2010 5:11pm

@Candais: Thank you very much for your visit and you comment Candais. I'm very glad you like this one.

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Beautiful shot!!!!

10 Oct 2010 10:27am

@Loretta: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Loretta. I'm very glad you like this one.

carla from leeuwarden, Netherlands

Roomwit .
De compositie is een plaatje.

10 Oct 2010 5:47pm

@carla: Dank ! Maak er een fijne dag van :-)

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

I really love this mushrooms species, one of the most beautiful, I think !!
Fantastic shot!!

11 Oct 2010 9:48am

@Demo: I share your opinion on the beautyness of the species. Paradise in a mushroom-cap ... Thanks !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is very beautiful. I like how you backlit the edge. The name fits this organism well. It looks like a jellyfish or an alien spaceship!

12 Oct 2010 10:05am

@Julie Brown: The "alien speceship" comes close I think :-)). Thanks for commenting, Julie.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I meant that the fungus grows in an inclined ground and that looks nice. In other words the ground is not horizontal.

13 Oct 2010 7:53am

@Marilla: Ah ok. Thanks for explaining some more. The "ground" is in this case a big fallen beach-tree lying on the ground. That is why there is a "rounding"-feeling.

Abhishek from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful! Very nice pic.

13 Oct 2010 12:23pm

@Abhishek: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Abhisek. I'm glad you like it.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Magnificent! I enjoy your series on fungi.
The glowing through showing the underneath is beautiful.
Stunning bokeh.

13 Oct 2010 1:23pm

@Barbara: Glad you are enjoying the series, Barbara. Sometimes you have to be lucky to find a specimen that is places perfectly to capture. This one was almost on eye-level so it was possible to show both upper and under in the same image.

Véro from Savoie, France

quelle élégance , comme une demoiselle parée de son ombrelle !

19 Oct 2010 5:22am

@Véro: It is just a very elegent species with a wonderfull cap. Thx for commenting, Véro.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Gorgeous! very tight framing but so starshiplike ;D

19 Oct 2010 1:11pm

@daniela scharnowski: I missed Captain Kirk ... :p

Canon EOS 400D
1/15 second
ISO 100
60 mm