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Montagnea (Montagnea spp.)
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Montagnea (Montagnea spp.)
Small mushroom growing in desert sand

Montagnea Mushrooms (Montagnea spp.) are a small, arid-lands species that grows on a narrow stalk and looks like "normal" mushrooms (i.e., not puffballs and not elongate shaggy manes). These mushrooms appear in the desert after rains, but can remain for long periods of time. When ready, the cap opens and exposes spores to winds that disperse them widely.

Taxonomy: Kingdom: Fungi; Class: Agaricomycetes; Order: Agaricales; Family: Agaricaceae.

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Montagnea (Montagnea spp.)
Small mushroom: top-down view
Montagnea (Montagnea spp.)
Long stalk pulled out of desert sand

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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