FUNGUS OF THE MONTH

Fungi of the Elaphomyces genus are rather mysterious organisms which spend their lives underground, being mycorrhizal with trees and possibly other vegetation. In order to find them one needs to rake away the upper surface of soil among trees but they may be revealed by gross disturbances of the earth due to Rhododendron clearing operations such as those currently (Spring 2018) being undertaken in Seckar Wood , near Wakefield, which is where those in the pictures were found. The smaller picture shows the mycorrhizal 'roots' of Elaphomyces granulatus (and the larger a group of E. granulatus and possibly A.N.Other. (Picture by C. Hobart, BMS) 

 

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