|This bolete is commonly known as the the velvet top.|
Mushrooms are the great decomposers and recyclers of the world, and they can be categorized in terms of their survival strategies. Note, again, that they're not plants. They don't photosynthesize. Instead, they get their nutrients in one of three ways. Some are parasites, like the lobster mushroom, feeding off other living things, even animals. Others are saprobes, recycling dead organic material (wood, dung, humus) into soil. The rest are said to be mycorrhizal, which means they partner with plants in a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients.
- Langdon Cook, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America <http://amzn.to/2bBqZ0g>
|Good Neighbors Bring Good Mushrooms|