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What’s growing in your backyard?
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What’s growing in your backyard?

By: DANIEL VELASCO Rain brings the best things to Tucson on the rare occasion we receive it. Rain brings cool weather, earthy scents and vibrant colors. The rain also creates the exact conditions perfect for growing fungus. From yeast to athlete’s foot, fungus is everywhere and will inevitably in one way or another, eat us. With this threat heavily upon us, and finishing up monsoon season -- albeit a fairly dry one -- here’s a guide to some common fungi you might find at whatever cold, dark and damp place you hang out at in Arizona. While mushrooms usually grow in forested areas that receive plenty of rain, Arizona still is home to an array of mushrooms. From Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) to Valley Fever (Coccidioides), Arizona is home to multiple different mushrooms that yield a wi...