In 1942, the discovery of Amethyst Mushrooms (Elaeomyxa cerifera) revealed a fascinating sight. To release ascospores resembling glowing stars, the fungi’s fruiting structures undergo a mesmerizing split. It resembles a hidden galaxy within a mushroom. These can be observed in large logs or decaying stumps adorned with lichens or leaf-like liverworts.
A scientist named Sarah Lloyd has a profound passion for researching and photographing these mushrooms, dedicating a significant amount of time to the endeavor. She stumbled upon some of these mushrooms at her own place, which sparked her interest and led her to explore and document mushrooms from all around. Her collection now boasts over 1700 fungi specimens. The images clearly depict the abundant and mesmerizing sparkle that accompanies these mushrooms.
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