Friday, December 5. 2008
It rained a little in mid-November. Now you would think you were in the great Pacific Northwet...
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." --Confucius
Most people do not notice mushrooms, and when they do they often kick or stomp on them. But that is foolish. Mushrooms are very important in the environment. They are the fruiting bodies of fungi who do a lot of support and cleanup work. Some fungi are symbiotic - they connect with the roots of vascular plants, greatly increasing the reach of their root systems, and they exchange water and nutrients for the carbohydrates made by the host plant. Other fungi are saprophytic - they break down dead plant tissue so it can be recycled into the soil. Sure, some fungi are parasitic, but even those have a Darwinian function as they generally only infect the older and weaker plants.
I don't actually know what this particular mushroom is. If you have a clue, please let me know.
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