“Foto Finds” – Late June hike (Brady’s Run County Park)

The woods came alive with new species after days of rain and temperatures of 80-90 degrees. Here are some of my “Foto Finds” from this scenic park.

One particularly fascinating find was the Monotropa Uniflora (below). It is a white plant that doesn’t have the Chlorophyll needed for the life-giving photosynthesis process. It relies on members of the Russula fungus species (example below) through a plant/fungi symbiotic relationship called Myco-heterotrophy. What makes this even more interesting is that the Russula is able to provide this support for the Monotropa uniflora because of its mycorrhizal (fungi/tree) relationship with oak and pine trees. This type of symbiotic relationship allows the Russula mushroom to gather the sugars needed from photosynthesis (occuring in the oak and pine trees) and pass it along to the Monotropa uniflora. The oak and pine trees benefit from their mycorrhizal relationship with the Russula because it provides their root systems with additional water and minerals that work to keep them healthy. Some of these are phosphorous and nitrogen.  Links to more information are found below.

Name: Monotropa Uniflora (plant)

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More information about Myco-heterotrophy

Video explanation from Adam Haritan: Click here

More of my Monotropa species photos


Name: Russula pulchra

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Information about mycorrhizal relationships

More of my Russula species photos


Name: Boletus subvelutipes

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More of my Boletus species photos


Name: Hygrocybe flavescens

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More of my Hygrocybe species photos


Name: Lactarius helvus (possible)

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More of my Lactarius species photos


Name: Galiella rufa

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Name: Trichaptum biforme

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Name: Piptoporus betulinus

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More of my photos


Name: Megacollybia rodmanii

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Name: Phlebia incarnata

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More of my Phlebia species photos


Name: Polyporus radicatus

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More of my Polyporus species photos


Name: Toad

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Name: Hypholoma species (possible)

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More of my Hypholoma species photos


Name: Marasmius sullivantii

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More of my Marasmius species photos


Name: Hypomyces chrysospermus

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Name: Amanita praecox

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More of my Amanita species photos


Name: Gymnopus dryophilus parasitized by Syzygospora mycetophila (and a slug starting to have a meal)

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More of my Gymnopus species photos


Name: Ganoderma applanatum

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More of my Ganoderma species photos


Name: Cantharellus minor

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More of my Cantharellus species photos


Name: Tylopilus felleus

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More of my Tylopilus species photos


 

Name: Apheloria virginiensis montana

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One response to ““Foto Finds” – Late June hike (Brady’s Run County Park)

  1. Pingback: “Foto Finds” – Hillman State Park in late June | Josh Doty's "Foto-Foraging"·

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