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Marasmiaceae and Physalacriaceae Gallery

Parachutes, Toughshanks and allies (Marasmiaceae)

Honey Fungi and allies (Physalacriaceae)

Apart from the genera Marasmius and Marasmiellus, the family Marasmiaceae includes more than 30 other genera, most of which are rare finds in the UK; however, there are also some well known groups such as several of the toughshanks (Gymnopus and Rhodocollybia species) and instantly recognisable mushrooms such as Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes) and the Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida).

Many authorities now place the Armillaria genus, which contains the Honey Fungus group of parasitic and saprophytic species, within a separate family the Physalacriaceae, and we do so here. (For the present at least we are not creating a separate gallery for Physalacriaceae.)

For more information about fungi families Marasmiaceae and Physalacriaceae and a deeper insight into the ecology and structure of fungi featured in these Gallery pages, please see Pat O'Reilly's latest book Fascinated by Fungi, author-signed copies of which are available online here...

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