A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Monday, 13 September 2010

Fungi on Woodland floor

Autumn brings a proliforation of fruiting fungus.The visible mushrooms are just the fruiting body of an underground organism of thread like mycelia which obtain nutrients from decaying material. Some funghi damage living trees but most play a vital role in releasing nutrients into the soil from leaves and dead wood.
Some mushrooms are edible whereas others are poisonous so if you do gather them be sure of what you eat.

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