Fabulous Fungi

A wide range of fungi occur in the Caledonian Forest. Although many of them have fruiting bodies that resemble the common edible mushrooms, there is in fact a remarkable diversity of colours, shapes and growth forms in the fungal kingdom. These fruiting bodies are ephemeral, with most only lasting for a week or two each year. The main body of each fungus is a network of white filaments called a mycelium that persists all year round out of sight, in the soil or dead wood that it grows in.

 

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These fungi at Dundreggan are the aptly-named orange peel fungi (Aleuria aurantia).
Dark honey fungi (Armillaria ostoyae) on Scots pine in Glen Affric.
Detail of the underside or pore surface of the brackets of oak mazegill fungi (Daedalia quercina) on the trunk of an oak (Quercus petraea) beside the River Moriston.
Pouched false morel (Gyromitra infula) amongst blaeberries on a dead birch log on Dundreggan.
Coral fungi (Ramaria flaccida) fruiting under a large juniper at Dundreggan.

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