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Fungi

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Fungi can be found throughout the year, but autumn is probably the best time.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colours but one thing they all have in common is that they need organic material to live on.  If the organic material is alive then the fungus is a parasite, for example the white fungus that can be found on fish kept in ponds and fish tanks.  Fungi growing on dead wood and similar material are saprophytes. 

This fungus is a species of puff ball, it turns brown as it ripens.  The spores are released through an opening on the surface.

Puff Balls

Log piles provide an ideal habitat for fungi.

Fungi

A clump of fungi growing together, looking not too spectacular…

Wood Hedgehog Fungus

until viewed from underneath.  It looks like the spines of a hedgehog, hence its name Wood Hedgehog.

Underside of the Wood Hedgehog Fungus


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