Melmac – Spore Swab
Strain origin – Melmac was formerly known as “Homestead Penis Envy” from the Homestead Book Company, a publisher of well-known mycology books that are mainstream today. In the early 1980s, Rich Gee found “penis envy” from an Amazon mushroom strain. Since then, this variety has evolved significantly, developing many isolation-specific traits. The Homestead PE, or Melmac, is a classic version of some of the original findings. It typically produces very large fruits, has prevalent fruiting, and often exhibits a distinctive greenish hue.
Over the past 40 years, since Rich Gee found the original mutations, penis envy has become the ultimate strain for isolators, building on his work. Interestingly, the term “Melmac” might remind some of the fictional home planet of the character ALF (Alien Life Form) from the American sitcom “ALF,” which aired in the late 1980s. ALF hailed from the quirky planet of Melmac in the Andromeda galaxy. It’s worth noting that the Homestead Book Company, which originally cultivated this strain, was involved in offering mushroom grower kits and publishing books on fungi but closed its doors after 45 years of business in 2017.
Gill formation – Gills typically are medium to large, wide range of formation. Likely to have available gills for spore production.
Microscopy features – Purplish brown spores. Spore messure 7 x 12 micrometers. This variety Melmak does not discharge spores. Spores need to be taken manually with a sterile swab to be observed. Germination of spores will often be observed having clamp connections and fine feathered mycelium. Microscopes and magnification equipment is recommended for viewing microscopic features.
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