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Fungi by Abhishek Jain

All manner of myths and legends have cropped up around fungi or mushrooms. This has to do with their capacity to induce hallucinations when ingested (some can kill you) and also their often bizarre shapes and apparent ability to materialise overnight from ‘nowhere’. This coral mushroom (Family Clavariaceae) gets its name from its resemblance to marine corals. Like other fungi it feeds on dead plant material and the leaf litter on the forest floor. People once thought fungi merely fed off the nutrients from tree roots, but we now know that trees too derive their vital sustenance from them, making it a symbiotic relationship.
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