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Summer Mushrooms

With arrival of summer rains in mid-May in south Florida, we also see the appearance of a diversity of mushrooms. Some are edible – some have nauseating smells and thus are unappealing -- others can be deadly if eaten. On this week’s Wild Things I’ll talk about a few mushrooms that pique our attention when found. Structure, color, mode of dispersal of their spores, and favored habitats vary greatly among species. This week’s subjects only give you a taste (no pun intended) of the great diversity of mushrooms.