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Toads throne


Temperature: 8-22.

Water: dry.




Toads throne; A fungi that produces edible spherical buds (spherorhizicum) which serve as a means of water storage during dry times. This species occurs mainly in temperate dry habitats.


The spherical buds (spherorhizicum) that are produced by this species have been used for centuries by local populations in stews and soups. The natural habitat of this species consist primarily of dry temperate forests. In these habitats the fungi grows almost completely below the surface level. Which can be as low as 10 meters below the surface, the depth at which this species grows however, is mainly dependent on the ground water level. Shoots of the fungi can grow up to the surface in order to compete for rainfall with other species. The water is stored inside buds located on the shoots and consist of a hard brown outer layer with dependent on the subspecies either black stripes or spots. The inside of the spherorhizicum is filled with a sweet jelly like fluid. In some cases it may occur that the spherorhizicum rises fully or partly above the ground level. The name of this species may have been derived from this phenomenon as the height of the spherorhizicum happens to be the same height as the bottom of an adult toad.


 “As soon as the sun disappeared behind the trees and the night made its appearance the family toad came from their home, which was cleverly hidden beneath the roots of a fallen tree. The event that they will be joining tonight only occurs once every year for as long as everyone can remember. “The location where we are heading is very special”, said father toad enthusiastic. “What place are we going then father?” Asked the children in chorus. “We are going to the toad seat. Which will be held at the circle of toad thrones on which all the elders will take place and hold the yearly meeting of toads.” Answered father toad.”

- 100 tales for young ents –


In present times this fungi is widely known for its excellent taste. The knowledge to cultivate this species is however poorly understood. Only a select group of communities in the northern regions of the continent possess the required techniques which are guarded heavily due to economic causes. From these regions cutting are exported to the continent. Those cutting however are only capable of a limited amount of harvests after which new cuttings are needed. Since most fungal species (including this one) do not need light to grow but require a relative constant temperature they are generally planted inside barns or basements.

- An inventory of fungi in the northern regions. Cornerus Lianus -