Mushrooms 101

By Sara Jenkins Posted August 5, 2018   Nothing signals the end of summer quite like the appearance of mushrooms along the trails in Newfoundland!  Orange, yellow, red, purple, brown, pink or white — mushrooms and their fungal relatives are found in almost every environment in Newfoundland, from the inhospitable heights of the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park, to the lush, moss-carpeted hillsides around St. John’s.  Beyond the highly sought-after edible species, there are thousands of other wild mushroom species deserving of attention for their variety in colour, shape, and habitat adaptation alone. Puffball (Lycoperdon sp.) in the Tablelands of Gros Morne NP What is a mushroom? Mushrooms are the fruiting body (reproductive structures) of some kinds of fungus.  Think of them as the flower of a fungus.  The mushroom releases spores, which is how the fungus reproduces.  The microscopic spores are carried by the wind or transported by…

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