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280 days of Urbpandemonium #87

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Sometimes mushrooms bear a slight resemblance to marine organisms. Sometimes they holy crap look exactly like coral. Resemblance to coral comes from convergent evolution: both coral organisms and this mushroom have adapted to maximize surface area using as little underlying structure as possible. With coral, the living polyps are on the surface of a branchlike skeleton; with Artomyces pyxidatus*, cells that can produce spores are on the surface of sterile fungal tissue. This is a fairly common fungus that feeds on dead wood in forests, helping make them a little more magical and paradoxical, the way we like them.

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* "Bread mushroom gift box"

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buboniclou
Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
*Artful pustuled fungus?
urbpan
Jul. 3rd, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh whoops I forgot to put the translation. It actually makes less sense than that.
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buboniclou
Jul. 4th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
LOL! That is a pretty ridiculous nomenclature.
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