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The toxic mushroom Amanita muscaria, commonly known as "fly agaric."
Scientific classification

A mushroom (also called a toadstool) is the part of a fungus that is like a fruit of a plant. Unlike plants, mushrooms do not use sunlight to make energy for themselves. Some mushrooms are edible (safe to be eaten), and are used for cooking in many countries, such as China, Korea and Europe. Other mushrooms, however, are poisonous, and can kill people (or make them very sick) if they are eaten. People who look for mushrooms to eat are called mycophagists, meaning "mushroom eater", while The act of looking for mushrooms is simply called "mushrooming".[1]

Kinds of mushrooms[change | change source]

A mushroom

Structure of mushrooms[change | change source]

Most mushrooms have a stem and a cap. The bottom of the cap sometimes has gills to hold spores, and sometimes holds the spores themselves.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Texas mushrooms: a field guide". Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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