Amazing Mushrooms

Rhodotus Palmatus

Rhodotus Palmatus

Most of my friends are well aware of the fact that I am allergic to mushrooms and that I am therefore somewhat bias towards them. However, there is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but these beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!

Amethyst Deceiver

Amethyst Deceiver

Phallus Indusiatus

Phallus Indusiatus

Clathrus Ruber

Clathrus Ruber

Hydnellum Peckii

Hydnellum Peckii

Coprinus Comatus

Coprinus Comatus

Favolaschia Calocera

Favolaschia Calocera

Geastrum Minimum

Geastrum Minimum

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Marasmius Haematocephalus

Marasmius Haematocephalus

Puffballs

Puffballs

Panus Fasciatus

Panus Fasciatus

Porcelain Fungus

Porcelain Fungus

 

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