It’s the time of year when our avocado tree sheds its leaves, and I pile them up in the pot in a doubtless misguided attempt to create humus in the pot and fool our tree into thinking that it lives in an avocado grove, ranging free and untrammelled. What really happens is that a fine mold grows over the surface of the pot under the leaves, and then little tiny sulfur-yellow mushrooms sprout up.
They’re saucy little fellows, and occasion much mirth for the younger set, resembling as they do the wedding-tackle of a tiny yellow gnome. As they grow, they turn into regular mushroom-y mushrooms, although they stay a lovely cheerful yell0w.
Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii. A very nice specimen, I must say. The spores come in the potting soil, and are released when the conditions in the pot are just right. They aren’t at all dangerous, although you shouldn’t eat them. And they give a nice forest-y touch to the tree, don’t they?