Rodney S. Hanley rshanley at FALCON.CC.UKANS.EDU
Mon Sep 21 17:04:23 CDT 1998

Again speaking of luminescence,

Robin Scribailo's description of luminescent tree roots made me think of
the "Jack-O-Lantern" mushroom (Omphalotus illudens) found throughout
most of eastern US.  This fungus often grows in enormous clusters at the
base of stumps and on buried roots (often common in gardens and lawns)
of oaks and other deciduous trees.  When the fungus is fresh (typically
in the fall), the gills glow a bright greenish-yellow.  Pretty cool and
somewhat ominous when you stumbled upon a clump in dark forest.

---Rod H.

Rodney S. Hanley

Ph. D. Candidate
Snow Entomological Museum
Snow Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas  66045  USA

E-mail:  rshanley at
Phone:  785-864-3309

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