Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Red Mushroom


This red mushroom on a dead tree stump caught my
eye as I was weeding the wildflower garden. Can you
identify it?
9-1-09

1 comment:

Don Sessions said...

These are fungi which stick out as a shelf from the lower portion of dead tree trunks (especially elms) near the base. It helps to decompose the tree because it can digest lignin. It is described as a "Dryad's saddle". In Greek mythology a Dryad is a tree dwelling nymph or tree sprite which needs to be propitiated before a tree is taken or trouble follows. (Wickepedia)