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spore print, spore printing, spore deposit
Referring to mass of spores deposited on some nearby surface
Spore printing can be either naturally occurring or artificially reproduced in most mushrooms.
The spores either drop from the mushroom's spore bearing surface, or are discharged forcibly.

Photo demonstrating the naturally occurring deposit of spores on a lower positioned honey mushroom cap.
This photo shows a naturally occurring spore print, that is,
a whitish spore deposit on a few of the lower positioned mushroom caps in this group of honey mushrooms.

Photo demonstrating a spore print articially reproduced. After the mushroom cap has been inverted for about a hour, lifting it away reveals a purplish spore print.
This photo shows a purplish spore print ( on right side ) after the previously inverted cap has been lifted away.
Artificially producing a spore print provides a means of determining spore color, which very often is a very important step in identifying a mushroom.

Photo demonstrating the spore printing of a 'Purple Gilled Laccaria'.
This photo shows a whitish spore print from a Laccaria ochropurpurpea ( a very 'purple' gilled mushroom ).
Producing a spore print provides a means of determining spore color which often is surprisingly different than the color one would have expected beforehand.


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