Fungi are not plants but in a Kingdom of their own. Indeed they are more closely related to animals than plants. The familiar mushroom is just the fruiting body of the fungus, equivalent to the flower on a plant. The main body of the fungus is a network of threads, either underground or within the plant or animal hosting it. There is a tremendous diversity from the large brackets and colourful mushrooms, to more subtle rusts and mildews.
Leicestershire and Rutland Resources
The Leicestershire Fungi Study Group is a great place to start if you want to learn about fungi.
Useful Websites and Publications
Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools - an excellent first book.
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