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#1 2009-10-01 11:48:43

Lady Pen

Focus on Fungi

This month's Ledbury Focus (Ledbury's glossy magazine of advertisements) has a nice little article on fungi informing readers that it is now mushroom season and there is a need 'to encourage more fungi experts'.
It's such a shame then that Geraldine Holbourn, the author of this article, doesn't know the first thing about fungi. Her article is couched in latin lexis and scientific terminology: 'green pigment chlorophyll', 'saprophytes', 'networks of mycelium', 'symbiotic relationships' etc., that gives a false sense of authority on this subject.
The giveaway line that reveals the authors's ignorance is: 'The mushrooms and toadstools you can see are the fruiting part of the plant.'
Fungi, of course, are not plants. They are eukaryotic organisms and in taxonomy are a kingdom unto themselves. Scientists now believe fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.


#2 2009-10-01 16:13:22

Ray X

Re: Focus on Fungi

A beautiful little shroom this time of year is  the Liberty Cap (Psilocybe Semilanceata.) Mushroom hunters may find this colourful little mushroom in north facing, damp grassy meadows. They do like to be with cows, and cows will eat them giving the term 'mad cow' a whole other dimension.
The yellowy brown Liberty Cap has a cone-shaped mushroom head with a little nipple on the top. Its gills are darker than its cap, which is only about one centimeter long. The mushroom sits at the end of a slender stem.
Be warned: Although you can pick this mushroom do not dry them out or sell them to anyone - our no fun Government made this illegal a few years ago. If eaten the Liberty Cap will produce a psychotropic reaction, that old hippies call a trip, man.
You will feel waves of euphoria, your senses will become heightened, you will feel a closer connection to nature. However, if you ingest too many or have a 'bad' trip you may experience panic attacks, paranoia or a terrible sense of dread.
Oh Yeah

Last edited by Ray X (2009-10-02 09:16:13)


#3 2009-10-06 12:04:36


Re: Focus on Fungi

An extract from 'Bored of the Rings' :

Oh uncool bush! Unloose this passle
Of furry cats that you hassle!
Tho' by speed my brains destroyed,
I'm not half this paranoid!
So cease this bummer, down the freak-out,
Let caps and joints cause brains to leak-out!
These cats are groovy here among us,
So leave 'em be, you uptight fungus!


#4 2009-10-15 11:36:36


Re: Focus on Fungi

To be quite fair to the author, she has distinguished adequately between plants and fungi in many places throughout the article and has made it quite clear they are not the same. To have referred to them as "plants" in the paragraph to which Lady Pen draws attention is surely just a term of convenience for the lay reader. If the paragraph had read "The mushrooms and toadstools you can see are the fruiting part of the eukaryotic organism", then I think many readers would have been left scratching their heads.

Last edited by marcusmorris (2009-10-15 11:39:30)


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