My first painting of 2021…and it’s already October. 🙃 I’ve been on medical hiatus all year (2021, how were you worse than 2020?) but I’m back baby!!! I will be starting up some commissioned work and re-opening the shop this month so stay tuned. My portrait commission slots are full right now but I will update if I am able to take on more for the holidays. Thanks for being patient with me, enjoy the autumn shroomies 🍄💕
UPDATE: Prints of this piece are now available! Order yours here: http://www.shannonrknight.com/shop/groovy-shrooms-print
Mary Howerton (shop)
First full day out in the woods, and already a spectacular find. An entire tree branch overgrown with porcelain fungus, Mucidula Mucida (syn. Oudemansiella Mucida; Agaricus Mucidus) - “Mucus’ being Latin for “slime”.
These grow specifically on rotting beech wood, so if you find these, you automatically know that beeches must be nearby ;-)
O. mucida is native to and occurs throughout northern and central Europe. Main season is late summer to late autumn. Tiny porcelain fungi can sometimes be seen parachuting from high branches, when they are dislodged by the wind on breezy days.
It usually outcompetes other fungi on beech trees by means of a powerful anti-fungal agent called strobilurin (funny, how a fungus produces anti-fungal stuffs, right?). Strobilurin has been used in agriculture as protection of crops against fungal infections. Although subsequently improved upon by the chemical industry, the first strobilurin fungicides were isolated from O. mucida.
This is also the reason why it is considered an antibiotic in Slovakia, where it is used against fungal infections of the skin.
Porcelain fungus is not considered toxic, although sometimes it’s claimed that it can upset the stomach, while others consider it edible after washing it. Where I live, it is considered a good edible mushroom after you peel the mucus layer off the cap and we regularly add it to mixed mushroom dishes.
I guess mushroom season is officially here....found this big boy today at the side of the road :D
So: I am back! :D