Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don't even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we're used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there's a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!

#1 Puffballs

Puffballs

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HollyMason 1 year ago

I stepped on one last week in sandals! The cold yellow powder spraying on my foot definitely made me a little more cautious walking around!

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#2 Mycena Chlorophos

Mycena Chlorophos

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

wow el color lindo fluorecente

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#4 Rhodotus Palmatus

Rhodotus Palmatus

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

este color siempre es lindo me encanta

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#6 Schizophyllum Commune

Schizophyllum Commune

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

bonito tiene su propio plumaje

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#7 Amethyst Deceiver

Amethyst Deceiver

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SusannaVesna 1 year ago

Wow, never saw violet mushrooms before!

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#8 Panus Fasciatus

Panus Fasciatus

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NancyGooch 1 year ago

These all remind me of Disney's Fantasia. Ethereal and beautiful!

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#9 Clathrus Ruber

Clathrus Ruber

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TinaRowden 1 year ago

I didn't know those were mushrooms!

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#10 Porcelain Fungus

Porcelain Fungus

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orenji 1 year ago

Straight out of Avatar...

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#11 Cup Fungus

Cup Fungus

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KitsuneOdagiri 1 year ago

it's cute, like in fairy tales

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#12 Lepiota

Lepiota

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JanMcKeel 1 year ago

Other worldly!

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#13 Leratiomyces

Leratiomyces

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

wow fabuloso la naturaleza es maravillosa

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#14 Hydnellum Peckii

Hydnellum Peckii

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JenaLeeCoburn 1 year ago

Scary looking shroom !

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#16 Cyathus Striatus

Cyathus Striatus

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

la veo espectacular

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#17 Coprinus Comatus

Coprinus Comatus

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IpivanderErve 1 year ago

When young, no open hood, you can eat them. They taste good.

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#19 Geastrum Minimum

Geastrum Minimum

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TinaRowden 1 year ago

They almost look like a decoration.

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#20 Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra

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gabrielaalmaraz 1 year ago

pequeno pulpo se ve muy lindo

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#22 Puffball Mushroom

Puffball Mushroom

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VesselinaMartinova 1 year ago

Very handy mushroom. If you pit it on a bleeding wound it stops the bleeding with an antiseptic effect.

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#23 Crepidotus

Crepidotus

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KristenHz 1 year ago

I am beginning to think that mushrooms are the equivalent of sea anemones on land.

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#24 Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

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MariaCetrola 1 year ago

Each one is more beautiful than the last. Absolutely love them all.

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#25 Chorioactis

Chorioactis

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janiemar 1 year ago

looks like coconut shells

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