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Genus Marasmius


The genus Marasmius belongs to the white-spored series. The plants are small, and wither and shrivel in dry weather, to revive again when wet. The gills are thin, and have acute edges.

The generic name comes from the same Greek word as the word marasmus, the name applied to a disease from which the patient wastes away without any apparent cause. The significance of the name will be apparent to one who watches the fleshy little plant shrink away when the sun shines.

Marasmius Oreades