Just imagine coming across this on a late night Psychonautic adventure through the woods.
From Science Daily: Mushroom Lights Up the Night in Brazil
Alright, so the article's title may be a bit hyperbolic in describing the luminescent properties of Neonothopanus gardneri (or flor-de-coco - flower of the coconut - as the locals call it), but still. Glow-in-the-Dark mushrooms. How cool is that??
Apparently thought to have gone extinct shortly after its discovery in 1840, these nite-lite fungi are making a comeback. Also known as the ghost mushroom for its eerie glow, scientists are gathering the mushrooms in hopes of determining what makes the fungus emit its otherworldly light. Originally theorized to work off the same chemicals found in the common firefly, the mushrooms have now proven harder to deconstruct than first thought. Not only do the mushrooms lack in the chemicals fireflies use to emit their glow, a chemical mix of a luciferin compound and a luciferase (yeah, I have no idea what the hell that is either, it just makes me sound smart), but the mushrooms also glow 24 hours a day, compared to the relatively brief and sporadic glow of the firefly.
Unfortunately, the article from Science Daily doesn't dig deep and go that extra mile for the answer I know we're all dying to hear. What happens if you chow down on a few of these little buggers?
To the 5th Dimension! Ho!