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Caption: Clump of honey fungus mushrooms or bootlace mushrooms (Armillaria mellea) at the base of a willow tree on the bank of a chalk stream. This fungus is found on or around the trunks of coniferous and deciduous trees. It is a tree parasite and the damage it causes is fatal. The fungus spreads by long black bootlace-like strands called rhizomorphs (not seen) which can grow beneath bark, along roots and through the soil. In the bottom left-hand corner can be seen the track of an infected root. Honey fungus mushrooms grow from summer to early winter and are edible once cooked

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Keywords: armillaria mellea, bootlace, edible, eumycota, fruiting body, fungal, fungi, fungus, ground, honey fungus, horizontal, many, multiple, mushroom, mushrooms, mycology, nature, reproduction, reproductive, shoestring root rot

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