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Forum topic by TheWoodsmith posted 11-23-2010 07:48 AM 1656 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2010 07:48 AM

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So they demoed a house two doors down from me today, and as a self proclaimed pack rat i went to forage through the pile to see what could be found (with permission of course) During the treasure hunt, my wife found a piece of limb from a tree that got taken out with the house and inside it was glowing. I mean glowing bright green like a light stick, and every piece of that limb was glowing inside where the limb was fractured. I’m pretty much at a loss here and it seems like i may remember a breif glimpse of this in elementry science class but i cant say. Anyone know what makes a tree glow? Also, as near as i can figure it is a locust tree if that rings any bells?

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 05:45 AM

Cool! Near as I could google, it’s probably a bioluminescent fungus – sometimes called ‘foxfire’.

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 05:57 AM

Sorry, I have to… “Their back!”
Sounds really cool whatever it is!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 06:15 AM

Yes! That glow is probably FoxFire. I have only seen it one time in my 60 years and that was when my sons were in the Boy Scouts. We were taking a 50 mile canoe trip, camping along the Buffalo River and pulled some drift wood out of a brush pile one night and it started glowing. Spooky stuff.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 05:11 AM

If i recall right i have a chunk of it outside the shop door, i’ll go try to find it and if its still glowing i’ll do like a lights on lights off picture series to show it. I thought it was just crazy as heck!

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 11:27 AM

Yes! i love that stuff! and the little worm things too! It is one of the coolest things i have ever seen! I had to google all about it too – seen it a few times round here, but wanted a sciency explanation of why or how!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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