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Yesterday I was watering one small succulent plant I take care I noticed three Mushroom caps growing next to it. I took a photo and let them be. Today I woke up excitedly to check on them and found that they had opened their caps already, I added some more water and went to work. However now that I'm back from work I noticed that they are drying and look like dying.

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They looked like grooved bonnets on an app I'm using, but I'm not sure.

I was expecting that they would stand more than just 24h. Is this normal to this type of mushroom? They aren't anything fancy but I was quite delighted they were there.

Edit: I understand that the organism below the surface is probably alive, my question is focussed on the caps specifically

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24 hours seems quite quick, but likely they had been there for at least some hours before you noticed them. Mushrooms/toadstools are just the fruiting bodies of the mycelium in the soil; their purpose is to disseminate spores from the gills beneath the caps, and once they've done that,they degenerate quickly. Average time for mushrooms to be present is between about 3-7 days, depending on local conditions and the variety of mushroom.

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  • Some caps liquefy as the mature like shaggy manes ( I think that is barristers wig in the UK). Aug 24 '20 at 16:51

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