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Green Stain, Chlorociboria aeruginascens.

Green Stain, Chlorociboria aeruginascens.

For many years I had been finding fairly well rotted wood that was stained a rather attractive shade of green, see image below at left. The staining is actually a pigment that is contained within the vegetative part of a fruiting body, the mycelium.

The fruiting body, the mushroom, only appears after hard rains and is very small, being approximately inch (6mm) in diameter, the stalk being somewhat less than inch.

In England, the staining was taken advantage of and was used in conjunction with other types of wood to make wood veneer. The veneer was then used to make decorative objects such as tea caddies, bowls,sewing thimbles, needle cases, small tables, writing desks etc. This took place in the town of Tunbridge Wells and became known as “Tunbridge Ware”.


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Green Stain, Chlorociboria aeruginascens.

Green Stain, Chlorociboria aeruginascens.

Green Stain, Chlorociboria aeruginascens.

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