Monday, May 27, 2013

Fungi in Roland's Wood

While we celebrate the autumn foliage, admire the swathes of renga renga lilies and eagerly await the arrival of the bluebells, the observant visitors to Roland's Wood will notice some smaller but equally dramatic species growing - the fungi...

Here Georgie and Ollie admire, looking not touching, an Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, a poisonous fungus of the genus Amanita.
Wikipedia describes it as "The quintessential toadstool, it is a large, white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture."  It describes how it has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the southern hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species, associated with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

Here are some photos by Keri Molloy of other beautiful fungi in the Woods - these have somewhat more subtle colours, but are still full of the mystery, magic and other-worldliness of their kingdom. 


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