Fun Fungus Facts
The kingdom Fungi comprises some of the most important organisms, environmentally and ecologically. They are responsible for decomposition of dead organic material and most vascular plants rely on symbiotic relationships with fungi for their survival and success. And while many fungal species cause disease in both plants and animals, others are used in the production in antibiotics. Many mushrooms are edible and some are poisonous; wild collection without explicit identification can be dangerous, there are individuals which although poisonous highly resemble edible species. There are millions of genera and species of fungi, described below are just a few with interesting morphology, life cycle, symbiotic relationships and/or reproduction methods to hopefully spark your interest in mycology!
Chorioactis-devil’s cigar or Texas star
Hydenellum pecki-bleeding tooth fungus
Calvatia gigantea-giant puffball
Gyromitra esculenta-the brain mushroom
Amanita muscaria-the fly agaric
Hericium erinaceus-bearded tooth fungus