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Mushrooms are nature's magical creation.
They are found everywhere, on treetrunks, lawns, flowerbeds, woodlands etc.

What we call "Mushroom" is neither plant nor animal. Mushrooms are a step up from plants. They are more closely related to humans. The gross DNA of a mushroom has more similarity with the DNA of animals than of plants.

Mushroom is an organism called "Mycelium"; this is an underground mass of cells which is white and cobwebby. Mushroom mycelia have three major functions:

1>>They parasitize insects, other fungi
or trees.

2>>Decompose dead vegetation.

3>>Nourish many plants, especially trees.

Mushrooms have a lot of physical diversity.
They differ greatly in color, size, shape, surface texture, fragrance,and taste.

Here ,in the next few posts I will show some of their diversity.


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Thank you for
presenting us
to the world of

Make me think of
fall coming after
summer though..

And all kind of fungi
inhabiting us as well
How we all are inmersed
in this world of micro-
organisms as well and
interdependent by all
kind of creatures we
might not be aware of

Amazing to see and fall
for the beauty of their

Wishing you an inspiring
convalacense after your
foot surgery


This is quite a magical thread.

Here are some facts from "On Nature", The Magic of Mushrooms by Cecily Ross.

Mushrooms are neither plant or animal. They do not contain chlorophyll and therefore do not manufacture their own food as plants do. Instead, like animals, they feed by digesting organic matter; unlike animals, however, they lack a nervous system and organs.

Mushrooms spring from underground masses of cells that spread by way of filaments called mycelium or hyphae. The mycelium of a honey mushroom found in eastern Oregon covered 890 hectares and was estimated to be 2,400 years old.

Mushrooms are nature's recyclers, breaking down rotting wood and plant material. Without them we'd be awash in debris.

Mushrooms are 89% water, 4% protein, 6% carbohydrates, 1% fat and mineral, mushrooms are, nevertheless,
a good source of iron, vitaminC, niacin and ascorbic acid.

Many mushrooms growing in the wild contain enough toxins to make a person who eats them very ill or even die, yet they provide a fascinating excuse to go for a walk in the woods.


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Thank you for bringing back this post yoko.
This is a very interesting topic.
I am not really very good at identifying toxic mushrooms from edible ones, so I will depend on the supermarkets for my purchase of mushrooms.

Medicinal mushrooms

Currently, many species of mushrooms and fungi utilized as folk medicines for thousands of years are under intense study by ethnobotanists and medical researchers. Maitake, shiitake, and reishi are prominent among those being researched for their potential anti-cancer, anti-viral, and/or immunity-enhancement properties. Psilocybin, originally an extract of certain psychedelic mushrooms, is being studied for its ability to help people suffering from mental disease, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Minute amounts have been reported to stop cluster and migraine headaches

Vicky 2Hearts


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