This group contains all our photo galleries of plant life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Agaricomycetes. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.
Fungi in the Agaricomycetes class are widespread in virtually all terrestrial ecosystems worldwide and scientists have described approximately 16000 species. Agaricomycetes produce mushrooms, the conspicuous form of fungi we are all familiar with. Whilst other fungi produce large fruiting bodies as well, the diversity of forms within the Agaricomycetes class is vast. Agaricomycetes function as decayers, pathogens, parasites, and mutualistic symbionts (two different species that both benefit from their interaction) of both plants and animals. The majority of edible mushrooms are Agaricomycetes and some species have been successfully cultivated and domesticated but most wild-collected edible species are difficult or impossible to cultivate. Mushroom hunters should also be aware that some species are toxic and it can be difficult for the untrained eye to tell them apart from edible species.