Today’s word is Squamulose. In mycology and botany, it means to be covered in scales. Rather appropo, because today I was checking up on some odd mushroom growth on a stump that I saw the other day in Prospect Park. They reminded me of roasted marshmallows or some kind of puff pastry, and I do love me some puff pastries, especially mushroom-filled.
And sure enough, they’ve started to expand from when I first saw them 2 days ago…
Someone is taking a liking to eating them…
Is it you?
I turn and look, and sure enough, Dryad’s saddles as wide as dinner plates are branching out of a log. I love how they’re so in-your-face!
And the colossal underside…
Squamulose. That’s what this is. Luxuriate in it.
There’s a dirt path in the Northwoods of Central Park where Dryad’s saddles are emerging like crazy on some big logs. There’s some really colossal ones that are nearly 2 feet wide.
This path will be quite a sight when all of these expand to their fullest. Oh yeah, and a bird pooped on my head shortly before finding these. I’m told it’s good luck.
“Noah is a tool that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and a common technology platform that research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.”
I think it’s fascinating to document wildlife, plant and fungus sightings on a worldwide internet interface with the ability to map spot it while you upload your photo on a computer. It’s also an iphone application so if you have one of those, you can do it while you’re in the field. Compare what you see with what’s seen around the world, and throughout the year. Coming soon too is a NYC Mushroom Mapping project which should be very exciting! You’ll be able to see what kinds of mushrooms are coming up in NYC, where and when. All of this depends on public participation so keep your eyes open for the wild around you!