Endless Forms Most Bizarre

Dispersing spores requires ingenuity. Solving the problem of distributing spores creates the beautiful architecture of the sporebody, argued mycologist Cecil Ingold in 1953.

The evolutionary improvisations of the last hundred million years are reflected in the bizarre bevy of endless fungal forms.

At times, these eccentric, subterranean intrusions seem both surreal and inexplicable. The mycologically-odd oozed and infused their way into folktales and the cult classics of science fiction; fantasy rendered fungal worlds amenable to narrative.