What is the Ghost Mushroom?
The luminous mushroom can be found growing in Green Triangle pine plantation each year from about early May until the end of June.
The aptly named “Ghost Mushroom”, Omphalotus nidiformis, emits a soft green glow after dark as a result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. This glow can be bright enough to read words on a page!
The mushroom typically emerges after late autumn rains and continues into winter, growing up to 20cm wide.
Ghost Mushroom Lane attracted a lot of media attention in 2017. See reports below:
Ghost Mushroom Lane will open again in 2018 – stay tuned for more information.
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Were you one of the 18,500 people who took a trip down Ghost Mushroom Lane during May and June 2017? Then we want to hear from you!
Please complete the Ghost Mushroom Survey, it will only take a minute … thanks for your time!
This unique community project would not have been possible without the contributions of a number of local groups and individuals.
Special thanks go to OneFortyOne Plantations, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Ockert le Roux, The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre and Tourism Mount Gambier for supporting this popular community initiative.