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Ghost Fungus! Omphalotus Nidiformis is a gilled basidiomycete mushroom most notable for its bioluminescent properties. Ghost Fungi are Poisonous. The toxicity is still unknown but not worth the risk. These are a beautiful fungus to grow and study.


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Ghost Fungus! Omphalotus Nidiformis is a gilled basidiomycete mushroom most notable for its bioluminescent properties.

The fan or funnel shaped fruit bodies are up to 30 cm (12 in) across, with cream-colored caps overlain with shades of orange, brown, purple, or bluish-black. The white or cream gills run down the length of the stipe, which is up to 8 cm (3 in) long and tapers in thickness to the base.

The fungus is both saprotrophic and parasitic, and its fruit bodies are generally found growing in overlapping clusters on a wide variety of dead or dying trees.

First described scientifically in 1844, the fungus has been known by several names in its taxonomichistory. It was assigned its current name by Orson K. Miller, Jr. in 1994. Its epithet name is derived from the Latin nidus “nest”, hence ‘nest shaped’.

Unlike oyster mushrooms, O.nidiformis is poisonous; while not lethal, its consumption leads to severe cramps and vomiting.

O. nidiformis is one of several species in the cosmopolitan genus Omphalotus, all of which have bioluminescent properties.


The fruit bodies of the ghost fungus grow on dead or diseased wood. They may be first seen at night as a pale whitish glow at the base of trees in a eucalypt forest. The cap is very variable in color, sometimes cream though often tinted with orange, brownish, greyish, purple or even bluish-black shades.

The margin is lighter, generally cream, though brown forms have tan or brown edges. The center generally has several darker shades,[7] and younger specimens are often darker.


The cream-white gills are decurrent and often drip with moisture.[19] They are up to 13 mm (0.5 in) deep, somewhat distant to closely spaced, and have a smooth edge until they erode in maturity.[20] The stipe may be central to lateral in its attachment to the cap and is up to 8 cm (3 in) long and tapers to the base.

The thin flesh is generally creamy white in colour,[19] but can have reddish tones near the base of the stipe. There is no distinctive smell or taste. The spore print is white.[20]

The spores are roughly elliptical, or, less commonly, somewhat spherical, and have dimensions of 7.5–9.5 by 5–7 μm.

Each features a prominent hilar appendage.

Cheilocystidia (cystidia found on the gill edges) are abundant, and measure 15–40 by 3–6 μm; no pleurocystida (cystidia on the gill faces) are present.

Are these edible? NO They poisonous 
Ghost Fungi are Poisonous. The toxicity is still unknown but not worth the risk. These are a beautiful fungi to grow and study. One that you will remember forever.

12CC Omphalotus Nidiformis Liquid culture.
Ready for inoculation.

Spore are 12ML, filled with 10ML spore solution. This is to prevent the plunger from breaking in the instance that the liquid expands from freezing and hot weather.


All spores and liquid cultures are 100% viable.

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Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 6 × 2 in


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