Pedagogy of the Plants

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Ephemeral Ghost Pipe

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Monotropa uniflora

The illusive rows of ghostly flowers are actually a fungus feeding on fungi that’s feeding on tree roots. They’re epiparasites, or parasites sourcing nutrients from other parasites.

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Monotropa unifloraHiawa

Eastern Native American tribes once used ghost pipe as an anticonvulsive and painkiller.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

Barometer Earthstar

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Astraeus hygrometricus

In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a chance encounter with this earthstar over a year ago required balance. Literally.

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Astraeus hygrometricus

The High Shoals Creek Falls Trail was closed, but a fallen tree offered intrepid hikers views of the waterfall. A mud-caked log was the only route across the creek after a tree chopped the footbridge in half.

The curious alien spore sac rested on a rock next to the platform/overlook.

North Georgia Chanterelles

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Discolored Chanterelle

Unidentified Seed Case

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Chanterelles

Click here for Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan white wine garlic chanterelle recipe (which I’ll try after verifying they’re actually chanterelles).

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Canary Clusterfungus

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Written by Cameron Brooks

March 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm