18 September 2010

A Day in the Wildhood looking for Fungi

One of the five major kingdoms of living organisms, fungi is often inconspicuous,
hidden in soil or dead trees, not seen until it "fruits' in the form of mushrooms.

Fungi plays a critical part of the ecosystem breaking down 
dead organic matter into useful nutrients for soil.

Mushrooms can be beneficial food to humans as well as extremely poisonous.
This is an oyster mushroom, a common edible, that is found growing on trees.

These photos were taken in Wolsfeld Woods.

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