Elaine sent a photo of a yellowish blob that is growing in her yard (see photo at right). It looks like some kind of mushroom, and a variety of them seem to be popping up all over in the past couple of weeks.
But to get to the fundamental of the fungus, I asked the Michigan State University Extension service for their diagnosis. They forwarded my request on to diagnostician Jim Harrow, of the MSU Extension Plant and Pest Hotline/Genesee County. After some time researching it, Harrow said he narrowed the blob down to genus entoloma, species tricholoma.
"I wouldn't trust it to be edible without checking with someone more experienced with mushrooms than I," he added. "Thank you and your reader for the question and picture. I am going to save your e-mail and picture for further research should the occasion happen."
With Harrow's diagnosis, I did some further Internet research. The tricholoma species are generally found growing in woodlands. Supposedly, some are safe to eat and others are poisonous; so, as Harrow notes, just don't eat it.
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