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The Scalloped Shingle

Toadstools do not always have the distinctive characteristics we widely associate with toadstools. Which I am sure you will realize this quickly if glancing through the pages of this Encyclopedia. We usually expect to find the usual cap and stem. The next toadstool we're taking a peek at looks as if it is missing both. The Scalloped Shingle grows in large clusters and looks like segments of a roof stuck to the sides of rotting trees. These toadstool lack the conventional stems and grow straight from the tip of the shingle to the surface they attach themselves to.

Scalloped Shingles are rarely found growing on the forest floor. They prefer to grow on rotting trees, up the sides of living trees or even occasionally on older fence posts. This may be because trees offer a different source of nutrients than dirt or ground cover would. These shingles are usually found in shades of beige or creamy white. They grow in large clusters and usually remain in the same areas for long periods of time, so when you find a group, you should be able to use that area for many harvests.

These toadstools prefer darker wet forests. They grow abundantly in the Black Forest region of Germany and can be quite readily found growing throughout parts of Ireland and Scotland. There has been some limited success when grown in greenhouses set up as dark versions of rain forests. Although humidity doesn't seem to agree with these toadstools, so keep a close eye on the thermometer. Anything over 65 degrees Fahrenheit, will greatly impede their growth capabilities.

Scalloped Shingles are widely used to make enchanted glues. Glue made from these toadstools is especially known for its incredibly long lasting durability. Using the glue to bind precious and valued books has been in practice for centuries. It is quite easy to find a market for these toadstools, should you be lucky enough to find some growing in your area.


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