Here’s what you should know about the fungi and mushrooms in your lawn

Shaniqua Juliano

By Marcy Sousa  |  Special to The Stockton Record I was taking a walk in my neighborhood and noticed that several of my neighbors had various mushrooms growing in their lawns. Mushrooms, sometimes called toadstools, are the visible reproductive (fruiting) structures of some types of fungi. Although the umbrella-shaped fruiting […]

I was taking a walk in my neighborhood and noticed that several of my neighbors had various mushrooms growing in their lawns. Mushrooms, sometimes called toadstools, are the visible reproductive (fruiting) structures of some types of fungi. Although the umbrella-shaped fruiting body is the most common and well known, mushrooms display a great variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some other fruiting bodies encountered in lawns include puffballs, stinkhorns, and bird’s nests, descriptive names that reveal the diversity of forms among mushrooms. Regardless of shape, the purpose of all fruiting bodies is to house and then disseminate spores, the reproductive units of fungi.

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