Title : Mushroom Series (6th Issue) 
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Stamp Serial#
1957 
KPC#
C-1486 
MICHEL#
1981 & 1985 
StanGib#
2293 
Scott#
1935a 
Date of Issue
07/04/1998 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Pseudocol us schellenberigiae 
Designer
Kim, Sang-rak 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
Mushrooms can be classified into poisonous, edible, and unknown varieties. Unknown mushrooms are those whose chemical profiles are not known, flesh is thin and not worth eating, or too small to eat. This year, the last collection of the mushroom series stamps features four unknown species of mushrooms: Pseukdocolus schellenbergiae, Cyptotrama asprata, Laccaria vinaceoavellanea, and Phallus rugulosus.

Pseudocolus schellenbergiae.
Pseudocolus schellenbergiae belongs to the "Pseudocolus genus" of the "Phallaceae Family". Its Korean name "Sebal" (three feet) mushroom was derived from the fact that it appears to have three feet. This cinnamon-colored mushroom is covered on the top with blackish brown slime, which emits a foul odor. It grows during summer and autumn on the floor of forests out of humus-rich soil. Its odors attract flies and other insects that assist in dispersing its spores.

Cyptotrama asprata.
With its thorn-like hair on the surface, Cyptotrama asprata looks as if it is wearing a fur coat. This mushroom belongs to the "Cyptotrama genus" of the "Tricholomataceae Family. It is cinnamon-colored, and its cap is convex. It is usually found in summer on logs or fallen branches of broad leaved trees.

Laccaria vinaceoavellanea.
Laccaria vinaceoavellanea belongs to the "Laccaria genus" of the "Tricholomataceae Family". Its color ranges from light purplish-brown to pale yellow, and its cap is convex with a depressed center and grooves radiating outward on the surface. It chiefly grows on the ground beneath oak trees in latifolious forests in summer.

Phallus rugulosus.
Looking like a picket with a peaked hat on its head, Phallus rugulosus belongs to the "Phallus genus" of the "Phallaceae Family". It is characterized by a cone-shaped cap with silk-textured gills on the surface. Its dark-brown body is covered with blackish brown slime and gives forth a foul odor. It usually occurs in autumn in areas where mixed forest has been recently slashed and burned to allow for cultivation.