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Westside Nature Preserve

Ferns, Fungi, and Mushrooms



Fungi and Mushrooms

The Summer of 1996 was very wet; as a result the number and variety of mushrooms observed had been atypically large. From tiny mushrooms, growing among even smaller mosses, to a gigantic chicken mushroom (Polyporus sulphureus) found on 7 September 1996, behind the Westside classroom building, this had been the “year of the fungus” on the Westside Campus and on the WNP.

Although Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora) are not fungi but flowering plants, unusually large numbers of these white plants have contributed with the fungi to the enchanted quality of the woodlands of the Summer of ’96.