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The Value of Attractive Characters to Fungi

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THE importance of attractive colours and odours and of modifications of form to flowering plants is now perfectly understood; but the value of attractive characters to fungi has received comparatively little recognition. At first sight it would seem unnecessary that a plant, insusceptible of fertilization, should possess characters apparently designed to enlist living creatures in its service: there is no pollen for them to carry, and no ripe seeds for them to distribute, and yet attractive characters, such as colour, taste, and odour, are extremely well marked.

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