Puffballs

We found some puffballs in the garden. Here is a photo and a video:

IMG_9582They are not plants – they are in their own kingdom of life. They don’t have chlorophyll for photosynthesis, and their cell walls are made of chitin – like the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans. Fungi are cool.

The video shows the spores being released, filmed in slow motion and then slowed down a further 25%.

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