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Sonoran Desert Mushrooms   1 comment

Sonoran Desert Mushrooms — Images by kenne

Podaxis is a genus of secotioid fungi in the family Agaricaceae. Species, which have the appearance of a “stalked-puffball”,
have a worldwide distribution, and tend to be found growing solitary or scattered on sandy soils,
especially in arid regions. Although close to 50 species have been described, it has been argued that many
of them may represent extremes in the natural range of variations found in Podaxis pistillaris. —
Wikipedia

Desert Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)   2 comments

Desert Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)-72Desert Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) — Image by kenne

This is probably the most common mushroom in the Sonoran Desert. It is found in desert environments worldwide. The fruiting body appears above the ground upon a woody stem within a few days after a soaking rain usually during the cooler seasons. It is fibrous and woody and the cap remains closed down around the gills and spores, presumably to protect them from extreme dry periods. (arizonensis.org)

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