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Mushroom

fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source

A mushroom (also called a toadstool) is the part of a fungus that is like a fruit of a plant. Unlike plants, mushrooms do not use sunlight to make energy for themselves. Some mushrooms are edible (safe to be eaten), and are used for cooking in many countries, such as China, Korea and Europe. Other mushrooms, however, are poisonous, and can kill people (or make them very sick) if they are eaten. People who look for mushrooms to eat are called mycophagists, meaning "mushroom eater", while The act of looking for mushrooms is simply called "mushrooming".[1]

Mushroom
Amanita muscaria (fly agaric).JPG
The toxic mushroom Amanita muscaria, commonly known as "fly agaric."
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Kinds of mushroomsEdit

 
A mushroom

Structure of mushroomsEdit

Most mushrooms have a stem and a cap. The bottom of the cap sometimes has gills to hold spores, and sometimes holds the spores themselves.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Texas mushrooms: a field guide". books.google.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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