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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bracket Fungi – Ganoderma Tropicum

Ganoderma tropicum , one of the many species of bracket fungi with a waxy crust attached to a tree.
Fungi apparently can neither be classified as plant or animal as they have characteristics of each. They have no chlorophyll like plants which makes them in turn not requiring the sun to survive and at the same time take away the ability to manufacture their own energy. Food for fungi is obtained from dead and decaying matter.

Fungi play an important role in nature by recycling nutrients through breaking down decaying plant and animal matter and returning important elements such as carbon and nitrogen back to nature.

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