Little is known of the true biodiversity of Kingdom Fungi, which has been estimated at 1.5 million to 5 million species, with about 5% of these having been formally classified. Below you will find a collection of some of the most fascinating looking fungi we came across in our search. If you any suggestions for other interesting looking fungi, please let me know in the comments below!
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom: This strange mushroom has many different names such as lion’s mane mushroom, bear’s tooth mushroom, hedgehog mushroom. In fact, they have the scientific name Hericium Erinaceus. They are native to North America, growing on hardwood trees. Despite its peculiar shape, this mushroom is edible.
2. Nidulariaceae: This mushroom is also known as bird’s nest mushroom because of their strange shape. Looking into the inside of the mushroom, the spores are compact and tiny like bird eggs, waiting for the perfect moment to release into the air.
3. Starfish Fungus: Aseroe Rubra is the name of a fungus that is also pink-red, spreading five-pointed like a star. Another name for this fungus is Starfish Fungus. They also give off a pretty terrible smell.
4. Purple Mushroom: The identifying feature of the fungus Laccaria amethystina is its colorful purple color. They live in the forests of North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. During growth, this fungus will gradually lose its purple color. Although the mushroom is edible, contaminants in the soil can accumulate in the mushroom, making it not necessarily a wise choice for cooking.
5. Dictyophora Indusiata: This mushroom has a unique shape like a woman’s veil. They are also known as “penis mushrooms”. They live in the southern regions of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia. The top cap has a greenish-brown spore-containing slime to attract insects and help them disperse the spores. Mushrooms are edible, sometimes used in Chinese dishes.
6. Honeycomb Mushroom: Have you ever mistaken a mushroom for a beehive? This fungus Cyttaria Gunnii is shaped like a honeycomb. They are parasitic fungi that grow only in Australia, on myrtle oak trees. Normally, this honeycomb-like structure is covered with an ugly orange film. Only when spring comes, this fungus shows its strange beauty.
7. Lactarius Indigo: This mushroom is quite large, blue in color. They usually live in coniferous and deciduous forests in North America, East Asia and Central America. Despite being warned not to eat this mushroom, in some places, they are still sold.
8. Bitter Oyster: Panellus stipticus, commonly known as the bitter oyster, the astringent panus, the luminescent panellus, or the stiptic fungus, is a species of fungus in the family Mycenaceae, and the type species of the genus Panellus. A common and widely distributed species, it is found in Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America, where it grows in groups or dense overlapping clusters on the logs, stumps, and trunks of deciduous trees, especially beech, oak, and birch.
9. Coral Fungi: Clavulinopsis corallinorosacea is a mushroom family belonging to the Agaricales order. There are seven genera and 120 species in the family. Because of their similarity to underwater coral, they are frequently referred to as coral fungus, however they are also known by other names such as antler fungi, finger fungi, worm mold, and spaghetti mushroom. Coral fungus can resemble jelly fungi in appearance. They’re generally brilliantly colored, primarily oranges, yellows, or reds, and they’re found in older, more mature forests.
10. Pixie’s Parasol: Mycena interrupta often known as the pixie’s parasol, is a mushroom species. It may be found in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Chile, among other places. Mycena interrupta has bright azure blue caps that range in size from 0.6 to 2 cm. When they first emerge, they are globose, then develop into a broad convex crown with a slightly depressed center. The caps are frequently sticky and slimy in appearance, especially in wet conditions.
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