Weird Mushrooms!


Ganoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom, lingzhi mushroom, lacquered bracket) Paul Starosta/Corbis Documentary

The fungal kingdom is home is to a rich plethora of mycological wonders, encompassing mushrooms hideous and elegant, delicious and deadly, exploding, oozing, glowing and mind-expanding. So join Robert and Christian as they crack open the sacred book of the shroom and examine a half-dozen examples of magnificently weird mushrooms.

Meet the Specimens:

Ganoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom, lingzhi mushroom, lacquered bracket)
Ganoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom, lingzhi mushroom, lacquered bracket)
Paul Starosta/Corbis Documentary
Green Pepe (Mycena chlorophos, of Chichi-jima)
Green Pepe (Mycena chlorophos, of Chichi-jima)
ICHIRO/Photodisc/Getty
Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)
Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)
Horst Helwig/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images
Oyster mushroom / Oyster bracket fungus (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Oyster mushroom / Oyster bracket fungus (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Arterra/UIG via Getty Images
Bleeding Tooth Mushroom (Hydnellum ferrugineum o Hydnellum peckii)
Bleeding Tooth Mushroom (Hydnellum ferrugineum o Hydnellum peckii)
DEA / P. PUCCINELLI / Contributor
Fairy ring of mushrooms
Fairy ring of mushrooms
larigan - Patricia Hamilton

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Topics in this Podcast: biology