Make Room Please...! - Wild Mushrooms - NZ


Gore, New Zealand

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In his famous essay “Nature” Emerson says..
“Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture. An enraged man is a lion, a cunning man is a fox, a firm man is a rock, a learned man is a torch. A lamb is innocence; a snake is subtle spite; flowers express to us the delicate affections. Light and darkness are our familiar expression for knowledge and ignorance; and heat for love. Visible distance behind and before us, is respectively our image of memory and hope."
So what do you think the meaning of a mushroom is?
Perhaps they represent people of all shapes and forms in our world. There are those that are delightful and beautiful, others that appear to be poison and harmful to others. They are every where it seems and they seem to be very adaptable to many environments.
I am not sure what type of fungi this is, I would appreciate any info if you know what type of mushroom/toadstool/fungi this is…
Thank you Jozef for identifying these for me.

Leccinum is a genus of fungi in the family Boletaceae. It was the name given first to a series of fungi within the genus Boletus, then erected as a new genus last century. Their main distinguishing feature is the small, rigid projections (scabers) that give a rough texture to their stalks. The genus name was coined from the Italian Leccino, for a type of rough-stemmed bolete. The genus has a widespread distribution, especially in north temperate regions, and contains about 75 species.
Leccinum species are generally found in the woodlands of Europe, Asia, and North America, forming ectomycorrhizal associations with trees. Most Leccinum species are mycorrhizal specialists, associating with trees of a single genus. Leccinum aurantiacum is an exception, however, occurring in mycorrhizal association with poplar, birch, and oak. They have generally been presumed to be edible for the most part, but there are reports of poisoning after eating as yet unidentified members of the genus in North America, even after thorough cooking. The orange- to red-capped species, insigne’s, are suspected. Species of Leccinum often cause nausea when consumed raw.
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