The incredible "bleeding" mushroom - The juice it secretes contains a pigment called atromentin which has been discovered as having anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. Scientists have also discovered the fungus contains antibiotic properties, effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. The mushroom can also be dried and transformed into a plant based dye for cloth, producing an earthy beige color.'
Painted Suillus/Red and Yellow Suillus, or Suillus Pictus (sometimes referred to as Suillus Spraguei) | "Painted suillus picking is a fine sport to combine with a summer family picnic. Because the mushroom is so easy to identify, everyone in the family can join in the hunt without much training. Use it as a ploy to keep the kids, who may think that family picnics are dorky, out of trouble."
halloween shrooms? by Angie Peters Reszinski, via 500px
Massive chunk of wild honeycomb!
The world's oldest fossil of a salamander has been discovered. Six fossils of 157 million year old salamanders were found embedded in volcanic ash in an ancient lake bed in western Liaoning Province, China. Photo: Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History/Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Posted on March 25, 2012
Shaggy Maned Mushroom: The spores are black. When young, a dainty annular ring is found around the stem; this ring drops down the stem as the mushroom matures. Within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the borders of the cap begin to liquefy, and the entire cap is converted into a pool of inky black fluid, the origin of the common name "inky cap." Liquefied Coprinus comatus was used as writing ink in George Washington's day.
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