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Brown Topped Mushroom
Brown Topped Mushroom
Although this tree was dead it was hosting a variety of life - lichens, mosses and fungi. Fungi are not like plants because they do not contain chlorophyll and are thus unable to obtain nourishment from photosynthesis. They rely on the absorption of nourishment from the substrate - in this case a dead tree. The gills of this mushroom can be seen quite clearly - the spores (microscopic reproductive units of the fungi) are stored there.