Tiny mushrooms

Tiny mushrooms and lichens on tree bark, photographed 12/31/2010 near Blissfield Michigan.

While out in the woods the other day I noticed these extraordinarily tiny mushrooms (class Agaricomycetes) growing on the bark of a tree.  The caps were only about two to three millimeters in diameter. I suspect this fungus was taking advantage of some recent mild weather to disperse spores.  I can’t imagine these fruiting bodies have since survived our return to sub-freezing temperatures.

The green lichens, which are themselves a type of fungus living in a symbiotic relationship with green algae, provide a sense of scale.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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