Fabulous Fungi

On the first day of the year, I biked to a nearby park. Although it’s supposed to be winter where I’m living, it feels more like fall. It’s no surprise then that I still encountered some incredible, diverse mushrooms, which I would like to share with you!

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Mushrooms are actually the ‘fruiting bodies’ of underground networks of threads (hyphae). Their main purpose is for reproduction. By growing above the ground, fungi can disperse their spores, which will form new fungi elsewhere.

Fungi are classified as a kingdom, like plants or animals. Like other kingdoms, the individual species are very diverse. Some fungi consist of only one cell, others are multicellular or alternate between these stages. Other ways to distinguish between fungi is their lifestyle. There are those that live off of dead material, others are parasites and still others form life bonds with other species like algae (lichens) or animals (some ant species cultivate fungi just like humans do).

Fungi can be detrimental by causing diseases, but can also be beneficial to humans. Some are used as food or in food products, medicine or other purposes like making fire when you’re lost in the woods.

I’m no expert in mycology, so unfortunately I’m not sure which mushrooms I actually photographed. If you happen to know, please leave a comment or sent me a message!

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