Mushroom Mania

mushroomsFound all these mushrooms on a recent walk through Umstead Park.

Did you know that mushrooms aren’t the actual “body” of the fungus? They’re the fungus’ reproductive structure. The real “body” grows through the soil or logs in bazillions of microscopic filaments.

If you want to how many spores each mushroom releases, put a mushroom cap on a piece of paper and let it dry. The spores will fall out and make a “spore print”. Prepare to be amazed!!!