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Fungi on tree stump rotted black mess

IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 596
I’ve never noticed this before but the fungi that was growing on around a eucalyptus tree stump must have rotted and turned into a big black mushy mess. Is this normal? I think previously I got rid of the fungi before they rotted and just put it in the compost bin. This time as a black mess is it safe to do this. Why did it rot like this?

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,942
    it's just the "fruiting" part of the fungus which has "died" .
    Perfectly normal ( just like mushrooms if you don't eat them quickly enough )
    Devon.
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 596
    it’s so strange, I’ve never seen fungi become a big black oozy mess. I should have taken a photo but I’ve scooped it up and put it in the leaf bin. Is it safe to add it to the compost bin?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,197
    edited 22 November
    The most common fungi to 'dissolve' are the Ink caps - some photo's from google:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,194
    Lots of fungi decay like that. Shaggy inkcaps are renowned for deliquescing for example. The compost bin is an appropriate destination.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,942
    steephill said:
    Lots of fungi decay like that. Shaggy inkcaps are renowned for deliquescing for example. The compost bin is an appropriate destination.
    "deliquescing" WOW, that's a new word for me. 
    Every day is a school day eh? ;)
    Devon.
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