Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Over 70 species of mushrooms have been identified at Saint-Gaudens NHS, although there are many other species present. Mushrooms are a type of fungus with a fleshy fruiting body. Most consist of underground filaments and a gilled cap supported by a stalk. The gills are loaded with spores that are shed to propagate their species. Mushrooms thrive in cool and moist environments and a diversity of species are found throughout the park during the summer and fall.
Did You Know?
There was a WWII liberty ship named the Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Launched in March 1944, in Panama City, Florida, it was later used to ferry troops during D Day, June 6, 1944. It was sold to Italy in 1947 and renamed the Nazareno. The ship was scrapped in 1967.