Jungle Mushrooms – Psychotropic or Otherwise.

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.

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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.

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Jungle mushrooms, or fungi, have always fascinated me, for some reason.

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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

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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.

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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.

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For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

© Peter Alan Lloyd

BACK Parts 1 and 2:

Reviews: Amazon.co.uk: Customer Reviews 

UK: Amazon.co.uk: BACK Parts 1 and 2 

US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

Smashwords: Back Parts 1 and 2

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Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

 

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