Beijing, Aug 06 (IANS): A giant mushroom with a circumference of 1.8 metres and 8 kg of weight has been discovered in China's Yunnan province, authorities said on Sunday.
The mushroom was found in the Pu'er Sun River National Park in Pu'er city, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Half of it was covered by leaves and the other half was in the air," said an official. "It had different layers, and appeared brown. It had many wrinkles."
The mushroom is the biggest ever discovered in the region. Mycologists say that it is not edible.
"I have been living here for more than 40 years, but I have never seen anything quite like this before!" said a local villager.
The park is at the transitional area of tropical and subtropical zone, and boasts a variety of plants and wildlife.