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Rare mushroom found in the Netherlands July 13, 2005 - expatica.com
AMSTERDAM - A new type of mushroom for the Netherlands has been discovered in a nature area near Rotterdam.
Heritage organisation Natuurmonumenten said the fungus, Lenzites Warnieri, is a rare variety from Southern Europe.
Park ranger Barry Teunissen of the Ackerdijkse lake area, where the mushroom was found, has speculated climate change may have made the Netherlands more attractive to the fungus.
The Ackerdijkse area is best known as a bird nesting ground. Some 115 species of bird, including 80 migratory types, use the area.
Natuurmonumenten suspects some of these birds may have brought spoors from the fungus to the Netherlands. Alternatively, the spoors could have been carried by a southern wind.
The mushroom, named vorkplaathoutzwam in Dutch, can be between 10 and 18 centimetres wide and three centimetres thick. The upper part of the head or button is grey to greyish-brown in colour in the centre and can be dark grey on the edge.
It was discovered by the Dutch Mycology Association during an inventory of the nature in the Ackerdijkse area. It was growing on an old elm tree that had been blown over.