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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shelf Fungus

Shelf Fungi are not a scientific category. The term is just descriptive of a large group of fungi that are stemless and look like shelves. Because they generally have pores rather than gills they are also sometimes called polypores. You can see the small pores on the underside of the one pictured above. I was attracted to it by the amazing droplets on its underside. They look like water droplets but there must be some extra ingredient to give them enough additional surface tension to hang there when fully formed into perfectly circular globes instead of falling to the ground.

1 comment:

William Kendall said...

That looks decidely slimy!