It's not a dinosaur, whale, or giant deep-sea creature. In fact, the world's largest known living organism is an underground fungus that most people wouldn't notice even if it was right beneath their feet..
Inky cap mushrooms such as shaggy manes become a black, inky liquid in order to disperse their spores. Some contain coprine, which increases the unpleasant effects of alcohol intake.
A mycorrhiza is a beneficial association between a fungus and plant roots. Mycorrhizal fungi often form a communication network between trees. Some produce truffles.
The State of New York has a beautiful array of mushrooms and other fungi growing among the oak, maple, and beech forests. This photo gallery of orange and yellow mushrooms was taken in Frewsburg, a town in the "Southern Tier" of Western New York. Many of these mushrooms can be found in the wider Great Lakes geographical area.
There are so many different types of fungi in the world. Almost all of them are beneficial. Find out about them here and enjoy some beautiful photos.
Hunting for morel mushrooms in Southern Oregon is well worth the effort. Here is a guide for those who love to hunt morels and hike in spring in the woods.