Gilled Mushroom

a gilled mushroom from Nyeri, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in an area of savanna and scrub trees and shrubs near Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya, Dec. 2015. The ring around the stalk is the remains of the veil that ruptured as the mushroom grew and expanded.

Local villagers who gather mushrooms for food might through experience be reliable for distinguishing toxic from safe mushrooms. However, there are many that are edible and yet look nearly identical to very toxic, even deadly, mushroom species. Reports of poisoning are frequent, so beware! The roll of mushrooms in aiding the recycling and decay of nutrients is of huge importance to ecosystem function.

a wild mushroom from savanna habitat at Mweiga in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Agaricales -- Gilled Mushroom Order

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Kenya Natural History

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