Glow-in-the-Dark Mushroom Growing Log
13" long 3-4" in diameter
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The Glowing Mushroom Panellus Stipticus is a basidiomycete that grows on wood and produces fruiting bodies similar to oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.). This is one of the brightest glowing fungi that can be seen with the naked eye. It glows best when cultivated on oak logs like this one. Many species are luminescent, but most are only visible under a microscope or in very low-light conditions. The primordial pins and mushrooms themselves glow very brightly and can be easily observed in less than complete darkness. You will be amazed and delighted by this treat!
This is NOT a human-altered species. It is 100% Mother Nature. Note: Luminescent mushrooms – unlike man-made luminescence – is not triggered by light. They actually glow 24-hours per day. It is just not possible for humans to see them glowing in the light of day.
The Panellus Stipticus needs to be kept in a dapple shaded and moist environment, without drying or exposure to excessively cool/hot temps and windy areas. Your log will generally fruit/colonize in temperatures between 65-80F. Once your log has begun to fruit, you can move it wherever you would like in your habitats, or yard for prime viewing. Buy several and use them to line your driveway or surround a deck for a party or to create paths for romantic night time strolls. They will typically fruit in shelving clusters from spring through fall and will go dormant during the winter months if left outside. The mushrooms themselves will be between a half inch and 1 ½ inches across. They are not poisonous, but… nor are they edible. Do not attempt to eat them – they are a novelty mushroom. They are safe for humans and all animals, including Dart Frogs and other creatures. Medicinally, they are known as a styptic (staunch bleeding)—thus Stipticus. [NB: a styptic stops or slows blood flow, as in a cut.] Foxfire is a curiosity, an educational project for children, and part of folk tales and cultural myths concerning elves, ghosts, and supernatural "cold" fires.
"Foxfire” is the soft glow or light coming from the leaf-covered ground or dead wood in the forest. It has also been called "will-o'-the-wisp," “cold fire” or "faerie fire.” Foxfire is a part of many folk tales and cultural myths concerning elves, ghosts, and supernatural "cold" fires.
On the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin, it was used as light in the Turtle, an early submarine.
In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer use foxfire as a source of light in order to dig a tunnel.
Early American Indians used them to make poultices for wounds because they have coagulating properties.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle noted the "cold fire" light in many of his writings.
The Roman naturalist Pliny mentions luminous wood in olive groves.
In the 1780's it was thought that the glow was from microscopic animals.
By 1800 descriptions from rotting mine timbers were showing a relationship between luminescent wood and fungi.
In the 1850's the wood luminescence was confirmed to be fungal-caused and requiring moisture and oxygen.
The first half of 20th century was dedicated to publishing lists of species capable of bioluminescence.
Glowing mushrooms are a bit of a mystery in the world of science. While the phenomenon can be explained, it is not really understood.