New mushroom species found in Singapore

The Spongispora temasekensis mushroom is so named because of the spongy look of its spore walls and Singapore, where it was found.
The Spongispora temasekensis mushroom is so named because of the spongy look of its spore walls and Singapore, where it was found.PHOTO: SERENA LEE/ SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

It belongs to porcini mushroom family and was first found in Botanic Gardens by its staff

A mushroom completely new to science has been discovered in Singapore, and it belongs to the same family as the delicious porcini mushroom.

Spongispora temasekensis was first discovered by staff at the Singapore Botanic Gardens in 2014 under a Hopea odorata - or ironwood - tree.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2018, with the headline 'New mushroom species found in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe