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Word of the Week: Hyphae
August 29, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

Hyphae make up this mycelial network! As you walk through High Park imagine the webs of fungi underneath your feet! These networks start small as Hyphae and can grow vast distances, in all directions and connecting the plants and trees and sharing nutrients.

Hyphae [hahy-fee] (noun): 

Hyphae are the building blocks, and foundation of the mycelial network. When spores of fungi germinate they grow thin threads of cells called hyphae. The individual hypha can branch out and grow in multiple directions, and together they form the mycelium! 

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

Source: 

Mycelium Running- Paul Stamens (pg.12) 

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