Cup Fungus

a cup fungus, Ascomycetes, South Nandi, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Orange-colored, inverted cup. Similar to 'orange-peel' fungus. Moist, rotting log in South Nandi Forest.

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Bracket Fungus

a Polypore fungus from Kakmega Forest in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Polypores form shelf-like fruiting bodies on the logs or dead standing trees where the fungus is decomposing the wood inside.

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Foliose Lichen

an epiphytic foliose lichen, Parmeliaceae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Gray-green lichen with leaf-like form and growing upon twigs of living trees in partial shade.

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Lichen with Apothecia

oliose Lichen in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Saucer-shaped structures on foliose lichen are the fruiting bodies. On twigs of scrubland trees.

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Tube Lichen

an epiphytic lichen, near Hypogymnia, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Gray-green lichen with finger-like lamellae epiphytic upon twigs of living trees in partial shade.

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Tube Lichen

a lichen with blue-green, tube-shaped foliose lamina, Parmeliaceae, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Another gray-green lichen with finger-like lamellae epiphytic upon twigs of living trees in partial shade.

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Old Man's Beard

a fruiticose lichen, Usnea, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Slender lichen tassels affixed to tree branches. Silvery green color.

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Orange Cup Lichen

a lichen with bright orange Apothecia, Parmeliaceae, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

These are the fruiting bodies or apothecia of an epiphytic lichen.

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Golden Hair Lichen

a lichen similar to golden hair lichen, possibly Teloschistes, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Growing epiphytically on branches of semi-deciduous scrub habitat tree.

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Black Oyster Lichen

a Lichen, possibly Leptogium in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

A purple-black lichenized fungi growing on a mossy boulder at 2400 m elevation.

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Wild Mushroom

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

This wild mushrooms was found in savannna grassland. Remnants of the veil form a ring on the stalk.

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Wild Mushroom

Mushroom, Basidiomycete, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Many species of wild mushrooms. No information on toxicity.

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Pink Mushroom

a pathogen of Maize, Cercospora, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Pinkish cap is tilted to one side and the gills are deeply folded.

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Puff Ball Mushroom

a puffball mushroom, possibly Lycoperdaceae in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Oblong or spherical mushroom with no exposed gills. Bright white surface with slight undulations.

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Smut on Knotweed

a smut fungus, possibly Sphacelotheca, on Persicaria, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Inky-black spores released from swollen growths emerging from flowering spikes. A Basidiomycete plant pathogen.

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Powdery Mildew

a powdery mildew on Senna, possibly Erysiphaceae, in Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Fungus appears like a dusting of white powder on leaves of Senna occidentalis. Many other types on other plants.

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Corn Gray Leaf Spot

a pathogen of Maize, Cercospora, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Pathogenic fungus on cultivated maize. Grey splotches in larger areas of brown, necrotic leaf.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 26 March 2014,
updated 27 June 2016

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn about them I am teaching myself. If I make errors I expect that a kind person will let me know so that I can make corrections.