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Unformatted text preview: large group of nonflowering plants, including algae, mosses, ferns, and coniferous trees, even the giant redwoods of California. Most of the nonflowering plants prefer moist environments such as forest floors, fallen timber, and still water. Mushrooms, for example, prefer moist shady soil. Algae grow in water. Most mushrooms, both edible and inedible, are members of a class called basidium fungi. A term referring to their method of reproduction, the basidia produce spores, which can develop into mushrooms. This classification including the prized meadow mushroom, cultivated commercially, and the amanitas. The amanita group contains both edible and poisonous species. Another familiar group of mushrooms, the puffballs. They are easily identified by their round shape. Their spores are contained under a thick skin, which eventually ruptures to release the spores....
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- Spring '08