But this big orangey-red mushroom stood out.
My buddy Marilyn L. says:
You have found "The Mushroom of Immortality," according to "The Mushroom Forager" website.
Ganoderma Lucidum or Reishi "is reputed to have analgesic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, antiviral, anti-HIV and blood pressure reducing effect."
Now if you could harvest a crop and exact a dosage... Lana Pharma!Alas, there is not enough to harvest a crop.
This one was found at the site where a big tree came down during Hurricane Ike, and the stump was ground into sawdust.
On the stump mound I have an old Cadillac hubcap that I picked up during a trip to the family farm in West Texas. The deep well of the hubcap is a perfect water dish for critters, mostly Bluejays that swoop in for a drink.
And I recently discovered a toad lives under the hubcap.
The toad and I both jumped when I picked up the hubcap to rinse it.