Mushroom On A Stem?

by Chuck Nishihira

Up close this mushroom was nicely formed and colored.  But how odd to see the “stem” come from the ground and climb up a tree.  The stem had some dried plant material an inch or so in length attached to it.  I tried removing this debris, but it was firmly adhered.  As if it had been attached to the tree bark at some point, but broke off.  Every few inches on what seemed to be a tough stem there was a mushroom, at least until the stem disappeared into the moss growing on the tree.  Not wanting  to disturb this pretty little mushroom, I didn’t look what was happening under the moss.  Each miniature cap was about 1/4″ tall.  If anyone knows, send a message.

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