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Landscape Language

Lamella (n) – a gill of a mushroom, plural: lamellae

More commonly called the “gills” of a mushroom, lamellae are layered or rib-like structures underneath a mushroom’s cap. They hold and release the mushrooms spores used in reproduction and are a key tool in identifying mushroom species. What gilled mushrooms have you photographed in Mount Rainier’s forests?

NPS photo, 6/13/2014. Description: A series of gilled mushrooms stacked upon each other growing up the trunk of a tree. ~kl