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Mushrooms and other interesting fungi...

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter February 2024 edition.

Recently the fungi photographs at the Wild Florida Photo website were migrated into the same style taxonomic database as the plants and animals. This improves both the search and browsing functions for the various mushrooms and other fungi while at the same time making it easier for me to add new subjects. In recognition of this expansion, this month's newsletter will focus on fungi, highlighting a few of the more colorful and unusual ones.

The mushrooms and other various-shaped fungi that we see are only the fruiting bodies of the usually unseen fungal organism that is growing underground or often in dead or live wood. Sometimes the fungi grows underground in a circular pattern and the mushrooms emerge around the edge in what is commonly called a fairy ring. I saw this fairly ring in the roadside grass as I was leaving town to evacuate for an approaching hurricane. As in this photo, the grass growing above the fungi is often a different shade of green.

I am not sure about the identity of the fungi in this fairy ring, but they might be Chlorophyllum molybdites, which are very toxic and known as the vomiting mushroom.

Another toxic, but colorful mushroom is the peach-colored fly agaric.

This is one of the many Amanita species, most of which are toxic and account for the vast majority of poisonings caused by consuming mushrooms.

These fluted bird's nest fungi I saw for the first time during another hurricane evacuation. Less than a half inch in diameter, they were growing in mulch.

Also called splash cups, the spore dispersal occurs when raindrops fall into the 'cup' ejecting the spore-containing structure called a periole. Once ejected, the periole breaks apart with a part that is sticky connected with a cord that can wrap around objects such as sticks, and a section containing the spores, which later disolves to release the spores for reproduction.

Another unusually-shaped fungi that is often found in mulch as well as in the woods is the column stinkhorn. Living up to its name, this is often smelled before it is seen.

The dark area inside the columns and below the 'ceiling' of this fungus is the spore mass. Insects, including flies, that are attracted by the fetid odor help distribute the spores.

Another interesting fungi is one that I saw for the first time last Labor Day weekend in the Berkshires. These are called eyelash cups and are less than half an inch across.

The eyelash cups in these photographs are likely either Scutellinia crinita or Scutellinia scutellata(common eyelash).

To read about more typical mushrooms and see some of my more artistic fungi photos, visit the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Mushrooms blog post .

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Paul Rebmann will be presenting a program on Coontie & Florida Atala Butterflies at the Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona on Thursday March 14 at 6pm as part of their Nature at Night series.

Paul Rebmann Nature Photography/Wild Florida Photo will be at the Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival, Saturday, March 23, 2024 in Downtown DeLand, Florida.

For details on these and other events, visit the Wild Florida Photo events page.

This month's featured products include "Mushroom in the Woods" poster and "Amanita" wood print.

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Paul Rebmann
Wild Florida Photo
Twitter @WildFlPhoto

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