Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms rediscovered after 170 years

July 10, 2011 by Alasdair Wilkins @ io9

In 1840, English botanist George Gardner was traveling in Brazil. One night, he noticed some boys playing with a strange, glowing object. To his shock, he had encountered a bioluminescent mushroom. It’s only taken 170 years to find some more. Neonothopanus gardneri – which is named after its discoverer, although it was originally misclassified as Agaricus gardneri back in the 1840s – isn’t the only mushroom that glows in the dark. But it has proven the most fiendishly difficult to find  […]

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