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Spore Print – Green Spored Lepiota – South Florida

Nikon D70S
90mm Macro

The spore print of a mushroom is an important diagnostic character in most handbooks for identifying mushrooms. It shows the color of the mushroom spores if viewed en masse.1 A spore print is made by placing the spore producing surface flat on a sheet of dark and white (or just white) paper or on a sheet of clear, stiff plastic, which facilitates moving the spore print to a darker or lighter surface for improved contrast; for example, it is easier to determine whether the spore print is pure white or, rather, very slightly pigmented. The mushroom is left for several hours, often overnight, in this manner. When the mushroom is removed, the color of the spores should be visible. Mycologists often use glass slides, which allow for quick examination of spores under a microscope.

A mushroom cannot be identified from its spore print alone; the spore print is only one characteristic used in making a taxonomic determination.


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My first camera was an Argus C3 given to me by my Uncle. Became interested and over the intervening years I have done photography and stopped, only to start again. Have begun again in the last 4 years with Canon Digital Point and Shoots. I have no training in the arts or photography. I have read some of Ansel Adam’s series, never finished.. I have learned a lot from seeing the fantastic images here.

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  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserabout 3 years ago

    Nicely done Glenn


  • Evita
    Evitaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature!!!
    September 8th 2011-Flowers And More Flowers & One Mushroom

  • Evita, what an honor and for a spore print! Thank you!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 3 years ago

    marvelous work

  • Dear Heloisa, thank you very much!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • Hank Eder
    Hank Ederabout 3 years ago

    This must be a magic mushroom. No? Great detail, and great explanation. Now just don’t be a spore loser!

  • No, this is the false parasol, which is poisonous. Looks like the real Shaggy parasol which is quite edible.
    Reputedly the best way to tell them apart is to do a spore print. If green shows up, bad news!
    It was a sporadic experiment! Danke mien brudder!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 3 years ago

    oh,, wow, you got great results from yours,, this is so awesome, I tried this a few times and made some art of them,, only because of my sons allergies I could not keep them around long enough to get a great print,, this is AMAZING,, what a piece of art it makes..peace and love linmarie♥

  • Thanks Linmarie, covered mine with a heavy glass bowl. Hermetically sealed it. This is result of the white paper after 1 day. Appreciate you stopping by! P&L

    – Glenn Cecero

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    Excellent print Glenn! There is so much to see about mushrooms that we so easily miss.

  • He there Carla, why thank you! Finally found one that didn’t get kicked over. Should it have been so wet?
    Anyway, thanks for your help and kind comment!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • trish725
    trish725about 3 years ago

  • Hello Trish, thanks!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    This is really unique looking Glenn,,,love how you worked with it and great write-up about it,,,,,, Rick

  • Many thanks Rick, interesting concept! Thanks again Carla!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    Beautifully done

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Glenn Cecero

  • Toni Kane
    Toni Kaneabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work ;-)

  • Mighty kind of you Toni, greatly appreciated! Thanks

    – Glenn Cecero

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