The lush rainforests and the extraordinary biodiversity of the Earth’s tropical regions makes them ideal for discovering a wide range of mushrooms.
There are estimated to be over a million species of mushrooms growing in the tropics and less than 5% of these species have been properly identified and cataloged by mycologists.
In tropical countries, you will find a wide range of different mushrooms growing in the different forest ecosystems between the humid coastal jungles and the cooler cloud forests at higher elevations.
Some of my favorite places to forage for tropical mushroom species are:
1. The mountain highlands in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico.
2. The lowland jungles and high elevation clouds forests of Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama.
3. The lowland regions of the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Due to high rainfall through the year in the tropical regions, you can find tropical mushrooms at most times of the year.
However, you will find a lot more during the full tropical wet season that generally stretches from May to November with the highest rainfall usually in October/November yielding the most varieties of mushrooms.
The best time to foraging is after a big thunderstorm because mushrooms have an affinity for the combination of lightning and humidity.
Mushrooms are actually the fruiting bodies of an underground “ecological Internet” known as mycelium that connects the trees and plants in the forest together.
This makes the study of mushrooms known as mycology a fascinating window into how forest ecosystems work.
The Most Awe-Inspiring Tropical Mushrooms:
Here are 10 of the most beautiful and interesting tropical mushrooms found in the rainforests of the tropics.
1. Laternea Pusilla
2. Bridal Veil Stinkhorn
3. Scarlet Elf Cap
4. Collared Earthstar
5. Cordyceps Militaris
6. Anemone Stinkhorn Fungus
7. Psilocybe Cubensis
8. Indigo Milk Cap
9. Marasmius Tageticolor
Marasmius tageticolor is a species of agaric fungus with fruiting bodies that have striped red and white caps. It is found in Mexico, Central America, and South America, where it commonly grows on twigs.
10. Panellus stipticus
I hope you enjoyed these eye-catching tropical mushrooms. Have a look next time you’re in the tropical jungle and you may just see one of them.
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