(IJCH) The Reason I Haven't Posted in a few days (Hint: Pisolithus Arhizus)

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(IJCH) The Reason I Haven't Posted in a few days (Hint: Pisolithus Arhizus)


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The Reason I Haven't Posted in a few days (Hint: Pisolithus Arhizus)


I haven't posted in 9 days.


While wandering in a wooded area after a heavy rain and looking for mycelium; basically foraging for mushrooms, I found a weird, ugly mushroom with the scientific nomenclature of "Pisolithus Arhizus" (common name "Dyeball").

Seriously, it's REALLY ugly and has many derogatory names (i.e., Dead Man’s Foot or “dog turd”).

About Pisolithus Arhizua


Historically, it was boiled...


...then used to dye clothes and hair.


(In fact, there's a whole sub-culture that uses this ugly mushroom for the make-up and ornaments of the gothic scene.)

But then my research revealed that it is a super-mycorrhizal; meaning, it builds a symbiotic relationship and rejuvenates almost all plants.

"Pisolithus arhizus is a major component in mycorrhizal fungus mixtures that are used in gardening as powerful root stimulators."



So, instead of throwing it out (my first intention), I experimented with it and revived all the tomato, snow peas, and kangkong plants that fell prey to aphids and/or viral/bacterial invasions - and it worked!

Since then, all my fellow gardener friends wanted the mushroom too.

Luckily I saved some viable tissue, cloned it, and gave some spores, cultures and mushrooms to all my gardener friends for Christmas.

That and the fact that my Reishi (Ganoderma) mushrooms are growing like wild is why I haven't been writing much lately.

FUN(gi) on!


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Believing that school was too boring, he dropped out of High School early; only to earn an AA, BS and MBA in less than 4 years much later in life – while working full-time as a Navy/Marine Corps Medic.

In spite of a fear of heights and deep water, he performed high altitude, free-fall parachute jumps and hazardous diving ops in deep, open ocean water.


After 24 years of active duty, he retired in Asia.

Since then, he's been a full-time, single papa and actively pursuing his varied passions (Writing, Disruptive Technology, Computer Science and Cryptocurrency - plus more hobbies too boring or bizarre for most folk).

He lives on an island paradise with his teenage daughter, longtime girlfriend and three dogs.


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This is fascinating!! what a find!! Thank you for telling us about it!! Please do share when you have it growing from your culture.

I love the fact that something so gross looking is actually such an amazing, almost magical, plant/fungus! Great reason to be distracted from posting, and thanks for sharing this wicked cool 'shroom with us!

Wow, mushrooms really are magical things! Very cool that something that is so ugly and humble is so powerful. Makes you realize there are a lot of things in life that shouldn't be overlooked!

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