Split Gill Mushroomn

Kirby Fungi: This is a Split Gill Mushroom found along the cement path leading down to the lake. What you are seeing is the reproductive structure of the fungus. This fungus and others are always at Kirby year round and mostly out of sight. The white mushrooms on the surface of the trunk release spores into the air (and into our nasal passages as "mold spores") to start a new generation of fungus on some nearby dead wood. The main "business end" of the fungus is buried inside the dead tree trunk where it secretes digestive enzymes to breakdown and decompose the wood and help recycle the dead tree's nutrients back into the soil. Circle of life in action at Kirby! By the way, this species is NOT edible. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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