In recent years we have seen a lot more varieites of exotic mushrooms in our grocery stores, but I would bet that most of you (me included) really had no idea just how many incredible wild mushroom species there are in our world. Looking like designs from Dr. Seuss, Star Trek and Willy Wonka as well as children's artwork - here are some. Just a really small selection of the countless numbers out there.
Oh and before anyone points it out, I'm using the term mushroom as a capture all here for ease.
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Found in gardens and woodlands in southern Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia.
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A a small brightly colored, edible mushroom.
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Mushrooms are weird. Especially when they're this big and look like they're wading in a swamp.
This photograph was taken by the late Professor McGinty, the only person ever to have found the infamous "Berkshire Blue" Amanita. While many mycologists believe that this is a fraudulent picture, others come to Berkshire to walk the same woods frequented by the late, great Mcginty, with hopes of finding this elusive mushroom for themselves.
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An elegant wood-rotting fungus on a twig in the rainforest of the Napo River region of Peru.
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Stropharia aeruginosa, commonly known as the verdigris agaric, is a medium-sized woodland mushroom
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So weird. Ferengi anyone?
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What a stunning color.
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Also known as spring chicken - its complicated latin name is Laetiporus cincinnatus
Via Hygrocybe psittacina
I don't think i've ever seen a better example of the word "tumescent"
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A light emitting mushroom
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Stunning. Also known as the lawyer's wig.
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Found in Loei, Thailand.
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Known as the Verdigris Agaric
Commonly known as Frost's bolete or the apple bolete.
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Known as the Devil's Cigar,or Texas Star (Chorioactis geaster). One of the world's rarest fungi. Found in central Texas.
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Some of the names are so brilliantly descriptive of a mushroom's appearance.
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As deadly as it is beautiful.
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Such beauty in a simple mushroom.
Via Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia)
Another completely descriptive name - Orange Peel Fungus
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These are called ... wait for it ... Pecker Heads
Russian Leather Waxcap. It sounds like a piece of military uniform ^_^
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Such a pretty name, in a strange kinda way. It's known as the Bleeding Fairy Helmet
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Found in the extremes of South America in Tierra del Fuego.
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The Red Cage Fungus - incredible.
Via Phellodon sinclairii
Found in beech forests of New Zealand.
Almost as beautiful as flowers.
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Where are the fairies and pixies? Oh they're hiding under the next ones.
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Poetically known as the Blue Pixie's Parasol.
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Sometimes they just don't look real.
Some of them look really scary.
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A polysaccharide-protein complex was found in Tiger Milk mushrooms from Africa, which can turn selenium into a treatment for breast cancer. .
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Via Leucocoprinus cretaceus
Such intricate details in a simple mushroom.
That color is so wonderful.
You can see why this is called the Bagpipe Mushroom.
Via Bird's nest fungus (Cyathus striatus)
Simply amazing - this is the Bird's Nest Fungus
Via "Campanella caesia"
A very rare type of mushroom.
Via Austroboletus betula
OMG. They remind me of the aliens in War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise version). Or jellyfish maybe?
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This is the world's largest living organism, except it's mostly underground. Its roots cover 800 hectares.
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Known as the common puffball, warted puffball, gem-studded puffball, or the devil's snuff-box. Take your pick.
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Indigienous to Australia.
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The name makes me think of a gathering of Jane Austen characters.
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Orange Pore Fungi.
It was sad to trim down the list to so few because this really is the tip of the iceberg. Did you know mushrooms were so captivating?
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