|Lantana and Leucocoprinus at the Butterfly House - Chris Barnhart|
This mushroom has been called a flowerpot parasol, yellow houseplant mushroom and many other names reflecting its presence in gardening and potted plants. It is native to the tropics and subtropics although the first descriptions were in greenhouses. It is a saprophyte that lives on decaying plant matter and where does it find comfort in our temperate climate? How about a greenhouse or a warm sun porch with potting soil and mulch in a pot.
I might argue that in Missouri L. birnbaumii meets my criteria of an invasive species, albeit a rather benign one.
- It is exotic, that is nonnative to the ecosystem under consideration, i.e. the temperate midwest.
- It is spread by humans to those regions, in this case in potted plants.
- Causes environmental or economic damage or a danger to health. While mild, the number of gardening sites answering questions on removing or preventing it suggests some folks are spending time and effort fighting it.
|Later, parasol now open - Wikimedia|