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Mushroom trees are a familiar component of exotic locales, like Draenor (Warcraft), Morrowind (The Elder Scrolls), and Felucia (Star Wars).

The first example I know of is the Mushroom Planet series by Eleanor Cameron, started in 1954.

Is there an earlier example?

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    I'd hoped that Michael Drayton's 1627 poem Nymphidia would have had mushroom-trees, but sadly no. – Spencer Aug 31 at 14:43
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Jules Verne's Voyage au centre de la Terre or, Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) had a forest of enormous mushrooms as a feature of the interior landscape of the Earth.

I hastened forward. I could not give any name to these singular creations. Were they some of the two hundred thousand species of vegetables known hitherto, and did they claim a place of their own in the lacustrine flora? No; when we arrived under their shade my surprise turned into admiration. There stood before me productions of earth, but of gigantic stature, which my uncle immediately named.

"It is only a forest of mushrooms," said he.

And he was right. Imagine the large development attained by these plants, which prefer a warm, moist climate. I knew that the Lycopodon giganteum attains, according to Bulliard, a circumference of eight or nine feet; but here were pale mushrooms, thirty to forty feet high, and crowned with a cap of equal diameter. There they stood in thousands. No light could penetrate between their huge cones, and complete darkness reigned beneath those giants; they formed settlements of domes placed in close array like the round, thatched roofs of a central African city.

~~Journey to the Centre of the Earth Ch. XXX (Malleson Translation, 1877)

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