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Fungi Seen on Campus
Christine L. Case


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Amanita muscaria 

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Skyline Fungi:

Agrocybe praecox
Agaricus semotus
Agaricus augustus
Agaricus bisporus
Agaricus californicus
Amanita muscaria
Clavaria vermicularis
Clavulina cristata
Clavulinopsis laeticolor
Clitocybe nuda
Dacrymyces deliquescens
Geastrum fornicatum
Gymnopus villosipes
Hypholoma fasiculare
Hebeloma crustuliniforme

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
Hygrophorus gliocyclus
Lactarius deliciosus
Marasmius plicatulus
Marasmius oreades
Russula sanguinea
Suillus fuscotomentosus
Suillus pungens
Tricholoma fracticum
Volvariella speciosa


About Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the fruiting structure of fungi. The bulk of the fungus' body is underground as chains of cells (hyphae) called the mycelium. The hyphae absorb nutrients and generate energy for fungal growth. After sexual reproduction occurs between hyphae from opposite mating strains a mushroom forms to produce the reproductive spores. The spores are found in the gills or pores of the mushroom. Most mushrooms belong to the Phylum Basidiomycota. Click here to see a diagram.


About edibility


The only way to tell which mushrooms are safe to eat is to identify the mushrooms. There are no general rules! Identification requires microscopic examination of the spores as well as the fleshy mushroom. Some poisonous mushrooms closely resemble edible species and poisonings occur when the picker makes these mistakes:

1. Uses a superficial trait such as cap color.
2. Remembers picking a similar looking mushroom in that same locale.
3. Is unfamiliar with local species.

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