Fungus On Log

March 05, 2018  •  1 Comment

Hiking through the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas I see all types of tree fungus. I am not up on the different types but I read that without these strange and fascinating life forms, neither we nor the inhabitants of our native forests, would survive for long.

Whereas plants get their energy directly from the sun and atmosphere using photosynthesis, fungi get theirs by digesting living or dead organic matter, as animals do. Fungi obviously have no mouths or stomachs and instead, they work their way through or over their food, absorbing nutrients directly through their cell walls. Nutrients with simple molecules, such as sugars, can be absorbed fairly readily. Larger, more complex molecules, such as proteins, are harder to tackle, and the fungi must then make use of various enzymes (chemicals that help to dissolve and simplify the molecules) so that they are easier to absorb. (Source- Trees For Life)

I made the below photograph on a wet day back in February. 

February appears to be the wettest in Arkansas since at least 1939 and preliminarily the wettest February since state averages began being tabulated in 1895, according to the National Weather Service. (Arkansas Online)


Fungus -- 1978-180225Tree Fungus on a fallen dead tree in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas.


Greg Topp(non-registered)
Some of nature's less-appreciated are fungus and mushrooms. The woods would not be woods without both!
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