I lifted the floorboards in my house and was shocked by what I found – and even experts are puzzled by it

A WOMAN was left terrified after ripping up her floorboards and making a gruesome discovery.

The Australian quickly turned to Facebook to find out why her floors were covered in a giant web-like growth.

The woman was horrified by what she found under her floorboards


The woman was horrified by what she found under her floorboardsPhoto credit: Facebook

After the disturbing images were posted on Facebook, even experts were baffled as to what had caused the growth that looked like something straight out of Stranger Things or The Last of Us.

She told Yahoo News that she had shared the pictures of the growth under her floorboards on behalf of her friend.

The images show the floors of her home covered in a strange dark pattern that stretches across the floor.

The woman shared it in a local group on the social media app to see if anyone else had an idea what it was.

However, it is not surprising that many did not know what the cause could be and that the images terrified them.

“I’m really terrified,” one wrote.

Some users in the group suggested it could be “mycelium,” “slime mold,” or some type of tree roots, but the community couldn’t agree.

Even experts are puzzled after being shown the pictures.

Even experts were puzzled about what it was


Even experts were puzzled about what it wasPhoto credit: Facebook

An expert at the State Herbarium in Brisbane told Yahoo: “It’s something new for me too. It definitely doesn’t look like traditional mold.”

The expert added: “The only thing I know that looks close to this is the rhizomorphs of Armillaria (honey fungi), but that doesn’t make much sense.”

According to Britannica, a rhizomorph is a “thread- or cord-like structure in fungi” that consists of “parallel hyphae, branching tubular filaments that form the body of a typical mushroom.”

Elizabeth Aitken, professor of plant pathology at the University of Queensland, also agreed that it “looks like the rhizomorphs of a wood rot fungus”.

She explained: “Whether it’s dry rot fungus or something else, they would have to take samples or ask a wood specialist.”

Dr. Heike Neumeister-Kemp, senior mycologist at Mycolab’s managing director, added: “This is definitely a fungal mycelium, most likely derived from a basidiomycete.”

Apparently this type of mushroom is “actually harmless” and forms a fruiting body (poisonous mushroom or fungus).

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John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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