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Entoloma hochstetteri | by Bernard Spragg
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Entoloma hochstetteri

A distinctive mushroom unique to New Zealand could be used to colour everything from Smarties to eye shadow in products sold around the world.


The blue mushroom is one of the most distinctive in the world, featured on the $50 note and is part of Maori folklore. But very little is know about Entoloma Hochstetteri.


It is not known how the vivid blue colour is made, if the mushroom has mind-altering properties or even if it is edible.

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Taken on March 29, 2014