Weeping sickle

Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans) Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans) Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans)

Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans)

Systematics:

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Serpulaceae (Serpulaceae)
  • Genus: Serpula (Serpula)
  • Species: Serpula lacrymans (Weeping sickle)

Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans)

Fruit body: The fruit body of the Weeping Serpula is rather shapeless and one might even say ugly. On a horizontal surface, the body is prostrate or flowing. On a vertical surface – drop-shaped. Sometimes the fruiting body seems to be trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to take the hoof-like shape traditional for tinder fungus. The size of the fruiting body is from ten to thirty centimeters, while the fruiting bodies can merge, forming a homogeneous mass of the global fruiting body. Young fruit bodies are white and look like formations between logs. About the same as Yellow Tinder, only white. Then, in the middle part, a tuberous, unevenly tubular brown hymenophore forms, which produces separate outgrowths, like small fruit bodies with a brown core and a white edge. At the edges of the mushroom, you can see drops of liquid, due to which Serpula Crying and received such a name.

Flesh: the flesh is loose, cottony, very soft. The mushroom has a heavy odor, similar to the smell of damp dug earth.

Hymenophore: labyrinth, tubular. At the same time, it is considered tubular with most of it conditionally. The hymenophore is extremely unstable. It is located in the central part of the fruiting body if the body is in a horizontal position. Otherwise, it is located where it works out.

Spore powder: brown.

Distribution: Serpula Weeping is found in poorly ventilated buildings. Fruits during the entire warm period. If the room is heated, it can bear fruit all year round. The sickle destroys any wood with great speed. The presence of a mushroom is indicated by a thin layer of reddish-brown spore powder on all surfaces, which forms before falling onto the plank floor.

Similarity: Serpula is a completely unique mushroom, it is difficult to confuse it with other species, especially for adult specimens.

Edible: Don't even try.

Notes: The Weeping Sickle is a mushroom house that cries crocodile tears. The mushroom is really unpleasant and outwardly ugly. This mushroom secretes a huge amount of spores, even if all fruit bodies within sight and reach are destroyed, everything in the house is still covered with a layer of brown spore powder in a short period of time. Serpula is an omnivorous mushroom that is not afraid of anything. He even eats wood pretreated with a protective substance. If Serpula starts up in the house, it is scary to remain inactive, because it is not known where she will cry tomorrow. On the wood struck by Serpula, cotton-like clusters of mycelium, mycelial cords and fungal films are first formed. At first, these formations are white, then they change their shade to yellowish, pinkish or gray.

Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans) Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans) Weeping sickle (Serpula lacrymans)

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