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Update: 18.01.23

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Img.318 from Korea (#8a)

Img.319 from Korea (#8b)

Sequence (#8ab): Img.318/ Abb.319 Photographs that showcase Korea's more unusual flora.

Img.318 (#8a) Here's an illustration of how strange Korea's flora can be. For example, almost everyone knows that an unusual root called "ginseng" grows in Korea, the shape of which roughly resembles a human figure. This is because this root has prongs whose location and appearance resemble the torso, head, arms, and legs of a human being. Surprisingly, this root "ginseng" also exhibits strong medicinal qualities. However, only a few know that Korea is also home to an unusual fungus, captured in the above photo, whose size and appearance also reminds us of something human. Interestingly, I photographed the above mushroom in the park of the royal palace "Changgyeonggung" in Seoul. This is because I saw in this park a group of scientists who were studying something on the ground with great interest. When I approached them to see what it was, I saw the above mushroom. Apparently, it is extremely rare. The scientists studying it even gave me its scientific name, but I have forgotten it. I know that a very similar mushroom exists in Poland, as I have seen it relatively often while mushrooming. The name of this Polish mushroom is "vulgaris impudicus" (Phailus impudicus L. ex PERS), sometimes being also called by other names, such as "stinker", "vulgaris", "ovipositor", etc. It is characterized by a very unpleasant stench of carrion. However, the above Korean mushroom did not stink at all when I viewed it.

Img.319 (#8b) Here is one example from a vast collection of a unique type of ornamental plant that is native to East Asia, including Korea. These plants are called "hosta". The "hosta" example shown above is jokingly named "Big Daddy" (i.e. "Big Daddy"). Korea's largest botanical garden, named the "Hantaek Botanical Garden" has amassed, in my opinion, the largest collection of this hosta in the world. I have shown a whole album with sample photos of every interesting example of hosta from this botanical garden on a separate page entirely dedicated to its hosta collection.

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