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Fungi collected from a cloud forest in Ecuador by Kew researchers
© RBG Kew

The Fungarium at Kew Gardens

The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres in a forest in Oregon USA. All plants on Earth relay on fungi to live, and fungi out number plants six to one. Kew has the largest collection of dried fungi in the world, around 1.25 million specimens.

*Video by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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