Mystical Mushrooms Baffle Scientists
We’re not talking about the magic mushrooms, either, which scientists fully understand, for the most part. There’s a specific mushroom called the Chorioactis geaster which is only found in central and northern Texas and several locations in Japan. In Texas, it’s known as the “Devil’s Cigar” because of its shape. Those locations seem a bit random, right? Even though Texas and Japan are on the same latitude, scientists cannot figure out why these mushrooms only grow in this one specific state and one specific country. The closest scientists can come to cracking the case is a study conducted in 2004 by Harvard University Herbaria. About 19 million years ago, it seems like the mushrooms were separated into two lineages. Now, it’s locally abundant in Texas and Japan (Science Alert).