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Some common fungi at Mount Holdsworth (Handling fee and/or freight charges may apply)

Some common fungi at Mount Holdsworth (Handling fee and/or freight charges may apply)

Author: Diane Batchelor
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Introduction. Hundreds of different species of fungi can be found in the Mount Holdsworth area and they come in all shapes and sizes. Such a variety reflects the range of habitats from lowland river grassland up through dense bush to open areas above the snow line. The different species are mostly identified from their fruiting bodies, the visible spore-producing parts, but the main body of the fungus lives unseen either in the soil or in fallen wood and is made up of microscopic threadlike ‘hyphae’ which altogether make up the ‘mycelium’, the feeding stage of the fungus. This guide highlights some of the more common or distinctive species. As with plants and animals, fungi are arranged as related species within a genus, related genera in a family, families into orders and so on, culminating in the Kingdom Fungi to which all “true fungi” belong. (Incidentally, fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.) The different genera and families of fungi are often quite distinctive but identifying a particular species within a genus can be difficult and often requires examination of microscopic features such as spore shape and structure. - Introduction


An amateur Wairarapa mushroom buff has come up with a field guide for those who fancy their fungi. Di Batchelor, of Mount Holdsworth, has produced an 11-page pamphlet entitled Some Common Fungi of Mount Holdsworth, which features pictures and descriptions of a host of species found there. "It's basically a beginner's guide to fungi at Mt Holdsworth," said Mrs Batchelor. She is an amateur mushroom buff or mycologist. Mrs Batchelor, who works for the Department of Conservation and the Red Cross, studied ecology at a post-graduate level at Victoria University, where she completed a research assignment of fungi at Mount Holdsworth. She lived there at the time. She said she wanted to "share the knowledge" and was hoping for feedback on the contents of the booklet. Among the 20 fungi featured in the pamphlet are the "shaggy-capped" Cortinarius rozites and the gilled "tooth fungi" of the Hydnum genus. Also included are the light-blue Entoloma and the brightly coloured purple pouch fungus. She said initially she became interested in fungi to find out which ones she could eat, but soon developed a wider interest in the spore-producing species. "They have just lovely shapes and colours. They're beautiful." But she also warned that unless you had expert knowledge of exactly which species was which, you should avoid eating them. "Generally, you're better to just eat field mushrooms." -Wiararapa Times-Age

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  • : 9780473189815
  • : Diane Batchelor
  • : Diane Batchelor
  • : July 2011
  • : New Zealand
  • : September 2011
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : Colour illustrations
  • : Diane Batchelor
  • : 13
  • : 579.5