World’s Most Colorful Mushrooms

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Mushrooms, molds and yeast are fungi and majority of the most colorful and unique fungi belong to mushroom. There are

two kinds of mushroom – the non-poisonous and the poisonous. There are numerous edible mushrooms inasmuch as there

are numerous toxic species.

I supposed that upon reading the title of this article you’ll ask this; is there such a thing? Well, fortunately there are. On this

particular article you will see the most colorful fungi.

1. Dog Stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus)


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This brightly colored mushroom, commonly known as the Dog Stinkhorn, is often found growing in small groups on wood

debris, or in leaf litter, during summer and autumn in Europe and eastern North America. It is not generally considered edible,

although there are reports of the immature eggs being consumed.

2. Anemone Stinkhorn (Aseroe rubra)


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This unique and colorful species of mushroom is commonly known as the anemone stinkhorn and sea anemone fungus.

They look lovely but they smell bad. It is a common and widespread in Australia. Found in gardens on mulch and in grassy

areas, it resembles a red star-shaped structure covered in brownish slime on a white stalk. It attracts flies, which spread its


3. Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)


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Aren’t they lovely? These lovely-looking mushrooms are commonly known as Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita. I think this is the most

popular species of mushroom because of its wonderful color. Although she’s a real beauty, this mushroom is poisonous.

4. False Morels (Gyromitra esculenta)


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This weird-looking but beautifully colored species of mushroom resembles a human brain. False Morels as it is popularly

known, is widely distributed across Europe and North America. It normally grows in sandy soils under coniferous trees, in

spring and early summer. Although potentially fatal if eaten raw, it is a popular delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and

the upper Great lakes region of North America.

5. Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)


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Trametes versicolor, formerly known as Coriolus versicolor, is a common polypore mushroom. Versicolor means “of several

colors” and it is true that this mushroom is found in a wide variety of different colors. T. versicolor is commonly called the “Turkey

Tail” in the United States because of its resemblance to the tail of the turkey bird.

6. Blewit


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Such color of mushroom is very rare. Although the color of these mushrooms is unique they are edible. There are two closely-

related species of Blewit, the wood blewit (Clitocybe nuda) and the field blewit (Clitocybe saeva).

7. Dotted Stem Bolete (Boletus erythropus)


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It’s really unusual to see a colorful fungus and if you see one you will surely think twice if it’s real or not. This particular

species of mushroom is found in Northern Europe and North America. It is sometimes commonly known as The Dotted

Stem Bolete. It is edible when cooked but it can cause gastric upset when raw and be confused with the poisonous Boletus

satanas, which has a paler cap.

8. The Sickener (Russula emetica)


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The Sickener as it’s commonly known is one of the species with a predominantly red-colored cap and white gills and stalk.

It gets its common name from its inedibility, as it causes vomiting and diarrhea when consumed. It has an extremely peppery

taste, which is said to disappear on cooking, along with its toxicity, though eating it is not recommended.

9. Larch Bolete (Suillus grevillei)


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This glossy colored mushroom is known by 3 common names; Larch Bolete, Greville’s Bolete and Bovine Bolete. This is

a mushroom with a tight, brilliant and dry cap where the hymenium easily separates from the flesh of the cap, with a central

stalk that is quite slender. The species has a ring or a tight-fitting annular zone. This mushroom is suitable for consumption.

10. Golden Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)


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Yellow, specifically golden yellow has always been one of my favorite colors. It somehow brightens my day no matter how

cloudy the sky is. One thing more, the color yellow always reminds me of wealth, seeing lots of yellow things around feels

like I’m surrounded by gold bars. Chantarelle or Golden chanterelle is probably the best known species of the genus

Cantharellus. It has a fruity smell reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste, and is considered an excellent food


Well, there these are the 10 most colorful mushrooms in the world. I hope you enjoyed it.

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