Mushrooms, Stinkhorns, & Slime Molds. Oh my!
Nature is odd and amazing, and there’s few places more strange than the world of fungi. As I was walking through our UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service demonstration gardens, I came across a large area covered in these slimy mushrooms. Some looked fresher and almost elegant with white fringed caps. The older ones, not so much. They looked liked brown goo and smelled sweetly rotten. Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of the UF Department of Plant Pathology, quickly identified these mysterious shrooms as Collybia (Gymnopus) luxurians. With all of the rain we’ve had recently, expect to see more mushrooms such as these along with stinkhorns and slime molds show up in your gardens and landscapes. Thankfully, fungi are beneficial organisms, decomposing old organic matter and returning it to as nutrients to the soil for your plants to uptake. There are really no effective or recommended remedies to rid your landscape of mushrooms besides avoiding overwatering and remove old tree stumps or large fallen branches. Be cautious with children and pets since some of these fungi can be toxic when consumed. Never eat a wild mushroom! If you are concerned about the toxicity of a mushroom or want to learn more about the incredible world of fungi, visit https://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/mushrooms/services who work in conjuction with Florida Poison Control.