Im­press friends by adeptly recog­nis­ing these mys­te­ri­ous plants and se­cure your­self a rep­u­ta­tion as a re­ally fun-guy

The Simple Things - - NEST - Images taken from The Book of Fungi: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hun­dred Species from Around the World by Peter Roberts and Shel­ley Evans (Ivy Press). Pho­tog­ra­phy: Tay­lor Lock­wood.

Green Sk­in­head

An Aussie fungi, found among the roots of gum trees. Sounds anti-es­tab­lish­ment but has fea­tured on an Aus­tralian stamp.

Poi­son Fire Coral

A fungi with­out the fun – it’s caused the deaths of sev­eral peo­ple in Ja­pan. Thank­fully, it’s rather un­com­mon.

Golden Scruffy

Looks like a teen boy with a love of hair gel. As con­fus­ing as a teen, too, its genus caus­ing de­bate among ex­perts.

Uni­corn Pinkgill

This uni­corn – pre­sum­ably named for its elon­gated point – def­i­nitely does ex­ist, across the Amer­i­cas and in East­ern Asia.

Plant­pot Dap­per­ling

This poi­sonous but lazy plant grows in house­plants around the world – get­ting in on the pot­ting com­post ac­tion.

Starfish fun­gus

Pretty but pun­gent. Known for pro­duc­ing an evil-smelling slime, which at­tracts flies but, frankly, the rest of us could do with­out.

Mauve Split­ting-Wax­cap

When it is an old fungi, it will not wear pur­ple. This Aus­tralasian spe­cialty turns pale yel­low­ish as it ages.

The Hairy Trop­i­cal Goblet

An outer sur­face cov­ered with hairs and a goblet-like shape to catch rain­wa­ter. Also wins the lit­eral nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Frag­ile Dap­per­ling

Com­mon but not coarse. With a cap that’s of­ten as thin and translu­cent as tis­sue pa­per, it lives up to its name.

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