Wild Florida Photo -Jack O'Lantern Mushroom

Jack O'Lantern Mushroom

Volusia Co. FL 12/07/13
Volusia Co. FL 12/07/13

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These orange mushrooms grow in clusters on dead wood, either exposed or in the ground, appearing mostly in the fall in wooded areas. The gills attach down the stem. Omphalotus illudens range east of the Rocky Mountains.
These mushrooms are reported to glow in the dark, with a faint greenish-blue light emanating from the gills beneath the cap.

Kingdom: Fungi
  Phylum: Basidiomycota
    Class: Basidiomycetes
      Order: Agaricales
        Family: Omphalotus

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