Natural History Photographs


Ecological interactions of fungi and plants
Myccorhizal fungi

The majority of all plant species - up to over 80% - is living in symbiosis with a fungus. This interaction is between plants roots and fungal hyphae, a symbiosis called mycorrhiza. As a result of this dating in the dark, we rarely notice these intimate relationships. But if you pay careful attention, you may notice that certain mushrooms are often associated with certain trees: a sign of an otherwise unnoticed cohabitation. Below you find some typical examples of such myccorhizal fungi.

Amanita muscaria
Maarn, the Netherlands; 27 September 2015.


Amanita excelsa Amanita phalloides
Smilde, the Netherlands;
4 October 2015.
Smilde, the Netherlands;
4 October 2015.


Russula spec. Russula spec.
Appelscha, the Netherlands;
3 October 2015.
Appelscha, the Netherlands;
3 October 2015.


Russula alnetorum Russula claroflava
Amstelveen, the Netherlands;
31 October 2015.
Smilde, the Netherlands;
3 October 2015.