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Christopher Taylor

Whether or not you'd call it 'art' is something some might question, but the New Zealand $50 note features a mushroom (pictures of the note at http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/news/2000/0088734.html). The mushroom at the lower right of the lower side of the note is Entoloma hochstetteteri; New Zealand currency has a long tradition of being decorated with illustrations of birds, and the bird on the $50 note is the kokako. The fungus is illustrated because its Maori name, werewere kokako, refers to the cap of the mushroom being the same colour as the wattles on the face of the bird (take a look at this).

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