There’s fungus among us: Rainy season brings out Southern Utah mushrooms

There's fungus among us: Rainy season brings out Southern Utah mushrooms

Mushrooms found in Dixie National Forest, Utah, Aug. 19. After consistent monsoons, the lifeform clings to rough tree bark or bursts from the dark, rich soil in southern Utah. ( Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News)

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CEDAR CITY — After consistent monsoons, many Southern Utahns have encountered all sorts of critters including scorpions and sun spiders. But in the mountains, an entirely different lifeform clings to rough tree bark or bursts from the dark, rich soil: mushrooms.

September is National Mushroom Month, the United States Forest Service stated in a Facebook post. And Jacqualine Grant, from Southern Utah University, said it’s a “spectacular” time for mushroom viewing.

“If people are into mushrooms, this has been the absolute best year in the past 11 years that I’ve been here to see mushrooms,” Grant, an associate professor at the university’s geosciences department, said.

The rain percolates through the soil, reaching the thread-like hyphae called mycelium that make up the bulk of the organism – mushrooms are its fruit.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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