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#1 gkn

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:28 AM

My first post, hope you like it.

These images of mushrooms and lichen were taken on a recent mushroom hunt in the mountains of Yunnan province, China.

Recent estimates indicate that there are approximately 140,000 mushroom species on earth. 10% of these (14,000 species) have been validly named. Among these, around 50% (7,000 species) possess varying egrees of edibility, with almost half of these (over 3,000 species) considered prime edible mushrooms. About 90% of the 140,000 estimate mushroom species are likely to be wild mushrooms which are yet to be named.

Due to the special geological structure in Yunnan, its climatic conditions are particularly suitable for nourishing mushrooms. Therefore, Yunnan is the richest place for wild mushrooms in the world. According to the estimation by Zhang (2004), 850 edible mushroom species in Yunnan have been recorded. This means that the total number of edible mushrooms in Yunnan accounts for 28.3% of the 3,000 prime edible mushrooms species in the world, and represents 85.7% of the 981 species found in China.

Other than the lichen, which are considered strongly medicinal, only about three or four types of mushrooms we saw are considered edible by locals. I'm sure there are others that remain undiscovered.

There are definitely psilocybes about, but I didn't try to identify any.

The best season for mushrooms in the area is late July and early August.

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#2 gkn

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 02:39 AM

Second and final set of images.

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#3 I_am_me

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 02:43 AM

Welcome and those are some amazing pictures! Lots of different kinds of mushrooms, I even saw some wild reishi in there! Looks like it was a wonderful place to be...

#4 apokalypse

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 03:47 AM

The one from the 4th picture, the very tiny brown one, I see those all the time just growing up from grass. Interesting stuff! I took a pictures at a park the other week but my gf never sent me them :(, but I digress.

#5 golly

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:10 AM

Nice collection ...Thanx for sharing...Is Yunnan in northern China..?

#6 troutlips

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:43 AM

First of all, welcome to Topia gkn. Amazing first post! :amazed:
What a wonderful set of pics! :bow:
How many can you identify?

#7 SharkieJones

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 08:57 AM

Great pics. Welcome to the Topia.

#8 max

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 09:38 AM

Excellent report! Although I think some of those numbers might be off, last I heard there were estimated more than 140k species in the world. Many of those chinese mushrooms of course would be different than mushroom we find in north america.

For a first post, this guy deserves a reward hip!

#9 Stenciler

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 11:49 AM

Nice collection ...Thanx for sharing...Is Yunnan in northern China..?


Nope, South, just above Vietnam and Laos and below Tibet. It's known for extremely variable ecosystems, and tons of water (relative to the rest of China). A lot of Chinese landscape paintings were based on Yunnan geography.

Those pics are gorgeous!

#10 SquaresandCubes

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:10 PM

Welcome and those are some nice pics.




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