Where do Toadstools Come From?

Sometimes toadstools seem to appear as if by magic on a lawn after a rainy day. But of course, no magic is involved. Toadstools grow from spores. And toadstools and mashroom are exactly the same thing. There is no difference between them.

A typical mushroom consists af a cylindrical stem, or "stipe" supporting a circular cap, or "pileus". On the stipe is a collar known as a ring, or "annulus". Radiating from the stipe to the margin of the cap on its underside are gills, or "lamellae".

This is where the spores are formed. Spores have a similar purpose to that of seeds, but they should not be confused with seeds. Spores are produced in great quantities. In fact, so many are produced by a mushroom, that there is a good chance the wind will carry some of them to spots favorable for growth.

If a spore falls in a place that is warm and moist and where food is available, the spore, which consists of a single cell, began to absorb nourishment. It grow by division until long chains of a cells resembling threads are formed. Such a chain is called a ‘’hypha’’.

A tangle of them is called a ‘’mycelium’’. At various points along the mycelium, tiny balls no bigger than pinheads develop and become mushrooms. So see you that when mushroom. So you see that when mushroom or toadstools seem to appear suddenly, it is really the end of a long process that started with the spores leaving some mushrooms that could have been quite a distance away!

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