Friday, August 24, 2012

Mystery of Glowing Green Mushrooms

With the arrival of Brazil’s rainy season, a green glow-in-the-dark mushroom begins to sprout in all over the jungle. The mysterious mushroom, or scientifically called, The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms, sprout from fallen chinquapin trees and as they grow, a chemical reaction involving a light-emitting pigment occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green.

The caps can grow to as large as 2 cm (about 1 inch) in diameter, but because the mushrooms are prone to dehydration, they only have a few days to live once the rain stops. The tiny mushroom is one of seven new species of glow-in-the-dark fungi found around the world, bringing the total known to 71. Just goes to show you that the curiosities of the world never cease! Time to explore the world!

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