Fruiting Bodies!

Woodlands come alive in late summer as fungi and related plants respond to warm, moist growing conditions with visible forms of their life cycles. Fruiting bodies of myriad shapes, sizes and colors appear, sometimes overnight (they thrive in darkness!). The show can be every bit as rewarding as the spring flush of wildflowers…and just as fleeting too.

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Mushrooms emerging through a layer of spruce needles

 

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Coral Fungus

The Ghost Plant (Indian Pipe) made its way into this series on fungi because it lacks chlorophyll and can grow in the dark. In reality, it is a non-photosynthetic flowering plant that parasitizes the beneficial mycorrhizal fungi associated with tree roots.

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The Ghost Plant (Indian Pipe)

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Spindle Fungus

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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11 thoughts on “Fruiting Bodies!

  1. Ah yes! I do love fungi and appreciate pictures of them. Just a couple of days ago I had a single orange stink horn fungus erupt in the middle of the lawn. Of course, I took a picture much to the disgust of both my niece and my daughter. Oh well, tender and modest 24 and 31 yr olds 🙂 Thanks, Kathy

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