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Depicted in vivid color on an appropriately dark background, Julia Claxton's fungi portraits are coy and bewitching. Using her titles, we add some notes to elucidate mycologists and mushroom hunters. The series, Fruiting Bodies (2010), was awarded a silver medal in Kew's International Garden Photographer competition. (Despite the photography award, the images are not photographs—they're actually made by scanning the specimens.)
Plums and custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans or Tricholoma rutilans) is a handsome species, whose common name is derived from the purple cap and cream-colored stem. Albeit edible, the mushroom is not considered very tasty. It can be found on and around conifer tree stumps in North America and Europe.