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State of Texas
Thicket of Diversity
News Release
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Big Thicket Mushroom Walk

A mushroom walk on the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve near Warren was recently guided by David Lewis, President of the Gulf States Mycological Society.  Lewis has studied macrofungi for over 40 years and has inventoried species for the Thicket of Diversity since its founding in 2006.  Lewis has identified over 650 species in the Big Thicket with many new to the Big Thicket National Preserve, new to State and more than 20 new to science.

The Watson Preserve always yields exciting finds including orchids, pitcher plants and other rare plants.  The Preserve was established in the 1980’s by Geraldine Watson, a noted artist, botanist and author.  She managed the preserve by using fire to restore its longleaf pine ecosystem.

Approximately 22 nature lovers participated in this unique opportunity. 38 species of fungi were found and identified. Interesting species found include Amanita texosora, a species new to science. David and his wife, Patricia, have collected, identified and vouchered over 85 species from the Watson Preserve since 2004. Vouchered specimens are saved and dried and then sent to a designated herbarium.

Photo Credit:  Photograph by Mona Halvorsen, Director of the Thicket of Diversity




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