Fungi #1

Fan Mushroom (Panellus stipticus)

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Mycenaceae

Genus: Panellus

Panellus stipticus

Photo credits: Kuo, M. (2007, April). Panellus stipticus. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com

Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/panellus_stipticus.html

The fungus can normally be found inhabiting rotting wood. These fungus only produces reproductive structures when suitable environmental conditions of temperature, moisture and nutrient ability are met. This is because the fan mushroom cannot produce food by itself, and have to rely on the inhabiting rotting wood to gain nutrients. The cap of the fungi is a convex structure, with a dry surface that covered with small fine hair, giving it a wooly texture. On the underside of the cap, the gills are spaced closely together and have numerous interconnecting cross-veins.

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