Panellus stipticus is a species of fungus in the family Mycenaceae, and
the type species of the genus Panellus. A common and widely distributed
species, it is found in Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America,
growing in groups or dense overlapping clusters on the logs, stumps, and
trunks of deciduous trees. During the development of the fruit bodies,
the mushrooms start out as tiny white knobs, which develop into fan- or
kidney-shaped caps up to 3 cm (1.2 in) broad. The caps are orange-
yellow to brownish, and attached to the decaying wood by short stubby
stalks. The fungus was first described by French mycologist Jean
Bulliard in 1783 and was given its current scientific name in 1879. It
is one of several dozen bioluminescent species of fungi. Strains from
eastern North America are typically bioluminescent, but those from
elsewhere are not. The luminescence is localized to the edges of the
gills and the junction of the gills with the stem and cap. The
luminescent glow of this and other fungi inspired the term foxfire,
coined by early settlers in eastern and southern North America. Modern
research has probed the fungus's ability to detoxify various
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1. To kill as a sacrifice.
2. To destroy, especially by fire.
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leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So
Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.