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Funky Fungi

When you find small, inconspicuous mushrooms sprouting out across your lawn, it’s hard to imagine that these odd looking life forms are playing one of the most important roles on the planet. Their job is to break down all sorts of organic matter so that nutrients can be used over and over again; they are the recyclers of the natural world.

Throughout the year fungi live underground, as a system of microscopic root-like filaments that join together to form mycelium. The fruiting bodies that we see are the equivalent of flowers to the plant kingdom; they help the fungi reproduce by releasing many millions of spores into the air to colonize new land. These weird, unearthly structures come in a diverse range of shapes, colours and textures, some give off putrid smells while other are deadly toxic.

Most of these fungi photographs are taken in the fields and woods near Witney, Oxfordshire.
Fungi light/ Sulphur Tuft/ Hypholoma fasciculare Fly Agaric Cap/Amanita muscaria Verdigris Agaric, Stropharia aeruginosa Magpie Fungus, Coprinus picaceus
Velvet Shank, Flammulina velutipes Landing Pad Looking Up Brick Caps, Hypholoma sublateritium
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria Mould on a Mushroom Young Glistening Ink Caps/Coprinus micaceus Mature Glistening Ink Caps, Corprinus miscaceus
Croakstool Fly Agaric Family, Amanita muscaria Lactarius
Beefsteak fungus Banded Bracket Fungus/ Many Zoned Polypore/ Trametes versicolor
Gill Abstract.
Tawny Grisette, Amanita fulva Common Barberry Rust Bonnet Mycena Mycena Inclinata
Gymnopilus junonius Fly Agaric/Amanita muscaria Hoof Fungus Detail Sulphur Tuft
The Blusher, Amanita rubescens, decomposing Brown Birch Bolete
The Blusher Sulphur Polypore/Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphurous Horse's Hoof fungus/False Tinder fungus, Fomes fomentarius Young Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus Squamosus
Common Stinkhorn & Fly, Phallus impudicus Maze Gill, Daedalea quercina The Blusher, Amanita rubescens Mushroom Kingdom
Inonotus dryadeus Moonlit  Mushrooms