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|The toxic mushroom Amanita muscaria, commonly known as "fly agaric."|
A mushroom (also called a toadstool) is the part of a fungus that is like a fruit of a plant. Unlike plants, mushrooms do not use sunlight to make energy for themselves. Some mushrooms are edible (safe to be eaten), and are used for cooking in many countries, such as China, Korea and Europe. Other mushrooms, however, are poisonous, and can kill people (or make them very sick) if they are eaten. People who look for mushrooms to eat are called mycophagists, meaning "mushroom eater", while The act of looking for mushrooms is simply called "mushrooming".
Kinds of mushrooms
- Agarics (includes very poisonous, and hallucinogenic kinds)
- Boletus (edible)
- Bracket fungi
- Chanterelles (edible)
- Coral fungi (edible)
- Cup fungi (usually edible)
- Jelly fungi (usually edible, but tastes bad)
- Polypores (similar to boletes)
- Psychedelic (also known as shrooms)
- Puffballs (usually edible)
- Stinkhorns (edible, but smells bad)
- Tooth fungi
Structure of mushrooms
Most mushrooms have a stem and a cap. The bottom of the cap sometimes has gills to hold spores, and sometimes holds the spores themselves.
- "Texas mushrooms: a field guide". books.google.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- Mushroom Expert
- An Aid to Mushroom Identification, Simon's Rock College
- Online Edible Wild Mushroom Field Guide
- Mushroom Observer (mushroomobserver.org), a collaborative mushroom recording and identification project
- list of field guides to mushrooms, from the International Field Guides database