Fairy Rings
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What Are They
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These are circles of fungi that are sometimes seen growing in playing fields, garden lawns, or on forest floors. Such were once thought to be the work of fairies making for themselves a dance floor complete with tiny stools. But the truth is that the fruiting bodies are in a circle due to a single mycelium growing outwards through the soil. As the mycelium advances each year into new ground, the centre dies off. Then new fruiting bodies are produced just inside the new growth, thus they appear in a ring.Fairy Ring
Fairy Ring
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Interesting
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When I first came across this small fairy ring there were two rings intersecting each after, made up of two different species, Hydnum crocidens being the one you can see, the other which is not obvious and mostly out of frame was Cortinarius rotundisporus. Neither of these are normally considered to be fairy ring fungi, it appears this ring is forming in the same place every year.
Hydnum crocidens
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