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Mr. Bloomfield's OrchardThe Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.001.0001

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Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps

Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Offensive Phalli and Frigid Caps
Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard

Nicholas P. Money

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses phallic mushrooms. Phallic mushrooms belong to a large group of fungi that includes the more familiar organisms that generate brackets on trees and buttons and portabella caps. These organisms are members of a group of fungi called the Basidiomycota, a name that refers to a special kind of spore or microscopic seed called the basidiospore. Thirty thousand species of basidiomycete have been described by scientists, and seventy or so are phallic mushrooms and related fungi that manufacture smelly cages.

Keywords:   phallic mushrooms, fungi, Basidiomycota, stinkhorns

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