Jungle Mushrooms – Psychotropic or Otherwise.
Above Photo: Jungle mushrooms growing from a tree in the Thai jungle.
Jungle mushrooms play a part in my novel BACK, when someone on a jungle trek eats what he hopes is a psychotropic one, and gets it badly wrong.
He’s looking to get high whilst trekking in the jungle, but he, ahem, bites off more than he can chew, with disastrous consequences for all concerned.
Jungle mushrooms, or fungi, have always fascinated me, for some reason.
During the wet season, we recently did a number of treks through Khao Yai jungle in Thailand and into the jungles of Laos and Cambodia
On these treks I took the photos which accompany this article, showing some interesting types of fungi (and probably some other non-fungi organisms – I’m no expert) growing on and out of the bark of living trees and dead tree trunks in the jungle.
It was quite dark, wet and humid on most of these treks, which accounts for the amount of moisture, lack of light and richness of colour on the photos.
I certainly wouldn’t want to try eating any of them though.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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