GREENWICH, Conn. -- Mushroom enthusiasts recently joined The Greenwich Land Trust staff for a fungal identification nature walk.
Conservation and Outreach Director Steve Conaway led participants recently through trails on the trust's Sargent Gildersleeve Stone preserve and around the preserve’s pond.
Guests were told to keep their eyes on the ground and to be on the lookout for the many varieties of fungi growing in the forest.
Some of the varieties found on the walk included a giant puffball mushroom, which resembled a volleyball, resinous and woody polypores, which grew out of stumps, an ornate lion’s mane mushroom and deadly Amanitas.
The fungi play a vital role in the ecosystem as decomposers and symbiotically grow alongside plants.
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