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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