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    Peaceful Coexistence

    Not a striking or spectacular fungus, but accommodating and well mannered. My mower damaged the grass, but the fungus growing on a surface root, must have grown quickly, after mowing. Is this a common place event?_3150046 sized.jpg

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    Maybe it was there before you mowed and it was lucky that the mower height wasn't lower?

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    Some fungi are very fast growing, but not the woody ones like that. It would have been there before you mowed and maybe grew a little bit afterwards.

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    Mark and Steve, you do not mention the live blade of grass which appears to be embedded in the fungus, so I presume that this is not an unusual occurrence. Perhaps the blade of grass found a crack in the fungus and grew through it, and later the fungus healed the crack as it appears to have done on the opposite side.

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    Or maybe the fungi just formed around the blade of grass?

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    That is what it looked like to me, but I thought it improbable.

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    It does look strange, but the improbable is the right answer. The fungi grows around the grass.

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    Thank you Steve, my mystery solved. Now that I am looking more closely at fungi, I may see it again.
    cheers marty.

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