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Swamp beacon (Mitrula elegans)

Swamp beacon (Mitrula elegans) is a very small fungus whose habitat is limited exclusively to bogs and other wetlands, particularly in montane forests. Despite this species' diminutive stature, however, its bright yellow to orange cap results in high visibility. It is also known as matchstick fungus, while UK residents prefer the alliterative name, bog beacon.

Swamp beacon (Mitrula elegans).  Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0228
Swamp beacon (Mitrula elegans). Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California, USA.
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