A mushroom or toadstool is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground, on soil, or on its food source. Toadstool generally denotes one poisonous to humans.The standard for the name mushroom is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence, the word mushroom is most often applied to those fungi that have a stem, a cap, and gills on the underside of the cap. Mushroom also describes a variety of other gilled fungi, with or without stems; therefore the term is used to describe the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota. The gills produce microscopic spores which help the fungus spread across the ground or its occupant surface.

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