forestfloor

A fungus sampler from recent hikes, along the Pequonnock River except lower right image from the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. No filters or edits. Big red at top right wins best color and size, growing at the base of a tree on a sloping bank of the Pequonnock 7/7 - 7/9/18 #fungus #fungiphotography #fungi #mycology #wildmushrooms #wildmushrooms #alongthetrail #allthemushroomhashtags #decay #forestfloor #riverbank #riverside #naturelovers #naturescene #natureporn #naturephotography #naturalconnecticut #explorect #getoutside #getoutsidect #lookaroundyou #trail #lookdown #colorful #ctwoodlands #pequonnockriver #hikingconnecticut #hikect #hiking

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Forest floor 💚

Two lessons for this post: The first is about Sarcodes sanguinea. Commonly called snow plant, S. sanguinea is another mycoparasite of the Sierra Nevadas. Instead of explaining the relationship of these plants to fungi again, let’s talk about color. It makes sense that these parasitic plants aren’t green because they aren’t making chemical sugars from light energy with the help of green chloroplasts. Their thieving abilities have made it that they lack chlorophyll. So why is this plant not white or tan like the indian pipes or coral root I showcased earlier this month? Well there are many functions to color. The brilliant red of this plant is thought to attract pollinators, after all it IS still a large flower that is seeking a little help during fertilization just like the flowers in your garden. Insects can’t see red light like we can, so it’s unsure who the pollinator is. Red is a common attractant for birds and mammals and I’ll say that it sure worked on me! It is unconfirmed who the pollinator is for this gorgeous oddity. Maybe it looks like some meat on the forest floor and is meant to attract sniffing mountain kitties or bears. Who the heck knows? I love that there are still mysteries in the forest. Second lesson is: I almost didn’t stop to take this picture because I didn’t want to hold up my cousin. He proceeded to throw pine cones at me while I took these pictures, but I’m glad I did because I only saw one other crappy one my whole hike. The second picture is of a Boletus that I DIDN’T stop to take a good picture of and thought “oh I’ll see more...” and I rushed into a van with a lady who was giving us a hitch. Didn’t see another Bolete the whole time. Whomp whomp. Always take the picture. #sarcodes #sarcodessanguinea #snowplant #mycoparasite #nature #california #californiaadventure #californiawildflowers #wildflowers #iloveflowers #nativewildflowers #cali #red #parasite #pollinators #mystery #secret #forest #forestfloor #hiking #pct #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail