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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 10:36am     #1
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what type of mushroom could this be and are they toxic? (growing in a basement)
My washer broke yesterday and I can't get the part til tomorrow.

So I went to my mil's to do my laudnry this morning (still have ot go back and put it in the dryer in a bit) and looked down and saw something on teh basement floor (on an area rug )that looked like macaroni.

I thought maybe one of my neices made her a macaroni picture that fell aprt and bent down to clean it up, and it was wet....and I was liek wtf is wet macaroni doign on teh basement floor....

I look a little closer and realize that they are mushrooms sprouting out of her carpet. Some are coming out from under a box....The ones I saw have what look liek funnel shaped caps, and are white, and looked and felt like wet macaroni...I think the ones I saw had been stepped on, when I saw them and thought they looked like macarini...

So I was wondering if anyone knows of any types of mushrooms that sound like these, and are they toxic?

I called my husband worried and told him I think we need to go to his mother's house and clean out her basement.

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 10:42am     #2
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I can't help you on the mushroom identity but I do think she needs a thorough cleaning. Sounds like theres one heck of a moisture situation going on down there for mushrooms to be coming up out of the carpet.

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 10:43am     #3
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IMHO, any type of fungus growing out of a carpet in the basement is bad...there's water leaking in from somewhere. I would probably tear up the carpet and try to find where the dampness is coming from!

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 10:44am     #4
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ewww. I don't know much about mushrooms.. I never saw ones growing in a basement, only outside..

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 10:50am     #5
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yes I think she has a leak somewhere but not sure where, or evne if she is aware she hardly ever goes to that section of her basement, usually just to do laundry the rest of it is basically storange

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 11:04am     #6
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I think you'd be wise
to take a look and try to identify what you found:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&r...identification

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Some "mushrooms" are toxic to the touch so you want to know more before wading in on this and touching, inhaling, etc.
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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 12:38pm     #7
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thanks....Upon firther inspection I found that most of them have an inverted cap... They are almost the color of shell macaroni...just barely yellow, parts of it slightly off white..a couple of them look as though they have funnel shaped caps, I think because these are coming out from uder a box.....

After looking more it looks as though her whole huge area rug is soaked, from some sort of leak as well........

She is working so I won't bother her, I think I will have hubby look at it and investigate it before we tell her anything, about what we found and the clean up...She is the type that will freak out and think she is going to die.

This looks the most similar to what I found except the cups on the ones I found aren't as deep, they are much more shallow just like somone flipped an umbrella inside out, they have short stems as well.

They seem to be smooth all over (no gils or teeth under the cap or sponginess) just liekethe consistancy of a cooks piece of macaroni

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 12:49pm     #8
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I found the culprit......It's on this page

http://www.fungaljungal.org/mystery.htm

It's a an ascomycete, a relative of the morel, and it says they tend to eat wood, so it probably has eaten through her floor?

I beleive it's teh 9th question down (one of those sites where people ask what is this, and get a response from an expert)

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 1:00pm     #9
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Verrry interesting...
If that's the one, at least they aren't poisonous. Hopefully it's not the "dark side" look-alike.

I'd be right tempted to go back with lighting and a digital camera and send it off for identification. Wonder if those would grow indoors...

Here's more on your "suspect" including several more and varied photos
http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...llus+serotinus
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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 1:07pm     #10
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If that's the one, at least they aren't poisonous. Hopefully it's not the "dark side" look-alike.

I'd be right tempted to go back with lighting and a digital camera and send it off for identification. Wonder if those would grow indoors...

Here's more on your "suspect" including several more and varied photos
http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...llus+serotinus



I think I said the wrong # to you ...those aren't the ones.....

it's the one with this question.....

From: Dawn
Subject: Can you identify this?

I found this growing in my basement can you ID it? Thanks!



They are tiny with an inverted cap, almost making a bowl shap....the top of it almost looks like shell macaroni......if you could down all of the photos it is photos # 19 and # 20

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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 1:25pm     #11
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Thanks for clarifying. That makes a lot more sense.
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  Old  September 25th, 2008, 5:08pm     #12
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Sounds like she needs a dehumidifier and maybe throw the rugs away. I would probably clean the floors with bleach to get rid of any type of fungus.

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  Old  September 26th, 2008, 1:43am     #13
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yep...
I agree- it needs cleaning.

I have a humid basement... We run a dehumidifier year round. We keep the A/C at around 50-60 degrees to prevent mold growth and we use kilz on any wall areas.

Mushrooms are a type of fungus... I know about that much about them. If there's fungus down there- yep, it needs desperate cleaning and could be seriously HAZARDOUS not only to breathe, but- also just to live in. Some molds like these areas- can KILL people.
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  Old  September 26th, 2008, 2:27am     #14
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I found out that a pipe was leaking in the wall behind my washer, there was a funky smell for weeks that was driving me crazy every time I went into the laundry room.. I finally moved the washer and saw that the wall was damp so I broke through it and saw mushrooms growing

it was awful!
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  Old  September 26th, 2008, 2:54am     #15
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IMHO, any type of fungus growing out of a carpet in the basement is bad...there's water leaking in from somewhere. I would probably tear up the carpet and try to find where the dampness is coming from!
I though exactly this when I've read the first post. I think the question would be more: is it bad to have mushrooms growing in your basement? Answer is YES. Toxic or not - it is not OK for mushrooms to grow in a house. The carpet has to go - no question. And find the root of the moisture and resolve the problem. But I would definetely start with taking away the carpet. and getting EVERYTHING out from the basement - in a garage would be ideal, And throw away as much as you can. oh, my, did your MIL notice anything like moisture or water stains or the damp smell that is hard to miss anytime you mix carpet and moisture in the same recipe? It would be great if she can remember when - aprox- was the first time when any of this happened... Good luck.

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