Armillaria mellea: The Honey Mushroom
|Copyright: Aimilios Petrou (Aimilios) (244)|
|Date Taken: 2007-10-14|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-07-19 2:25|
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|Honey fungus or Armillaria is a genus of parasitic fungi that live on trees and woody shrubs. It includes about 10 species formerly lumped together as A. mellea.|
Armillaria is long lived and form some of the largest living organisms in the world. The largest single organism (of the species Armillaria ostoyae) covers more than 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²) and is thousands of years old. Some species of Armillaria are bioluminescent and may be responsible for the phenomena known as foxfire and perhaps will o' the wisp.
As a forest pathogen, Armillaria can be very destructive. It is responsible for the "white rot" root disease (see below) of forests and is distinguished from Tricholoma (mycorrhizal) by this parasitic nature. Its high destructiveness comes from the fact that, unlike most parasites, it doesn't need to moderate its growth in order to avoid killing its host, since it will continue to thrive on the dead material...........
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Absolutely excellent photo with fantastic warm color tones. Great compo and sharpness, except for the noise in the far background. You can remove them (if noise reduction doesn't fully work) by using gaussian blur selectively on the bg in Your Photoshop.
My only problem is the pic's without doubt showing Hypholoma fasciculare, a poisonous specie, not the edible Armillaria mellea. Take care.
All the best, respectful regards from Hungary, László
Geia sou Aimilie!
Very beautiful shot! great shapes and colours! very nice green backround makes nice contrast with the front colours. Pov and composition are great.