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Photo of a cinnabar chanterelle, vase-shaped red-orange mushroom

Cinnabar Chanterelle

Cantharellus cinnabarinus
The cinnabar chanterelle is a small, reddish orange, vase-shaped mushroom with forked ridges on the underside that descend the stalk. It grows in the soil.

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Photo of collection of purple-gilled laccaria mushrooms all in a jumble

Collection of Purple-Gilled Laccarias

Though it isn’t a choice edible, the purple laccaria is pretty good when combined with other mushrooms or strong flavors. Meanwhile, even casual naturalists can appreciate seeing this beautiful lavender mushroom.

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Photo of two comb tooth mushroom clusters growing on a fallen log.

Comb Tooth

The comb tooth is a branched, whitish mass on fallen logs and decaying deciduous trees. Its branches are covered with tufts of hanging, toothlike spines.

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Photo of two comb tooth mushroom clusters growing on a fallen log.

Comb Tooth

Hericium coralloides (formerly H. ramosum)
The comb tooth is a branched, whitish mass on fallen logs and decaying deciduous trees. Its branches are covered with tufts of hanging, toothlike spines.

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Photo of comb tooth, a beardlike mushroom with white toothlike projections.

Comb Tooth (Hericium americanum)

This species of comb tooth (Hericium americanum, formerly called H. coralloides) is closely related to the comb tooth known today as H. coralloides (which itself was formerly known as H. ramosum). Both comb tooths (comb teeth?) grow on dead wood or live trees, and both are branched, but H. americanum has long spines (not short). There will be a quiz on this at the end of the class period!

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Photo of cluster of common laccaria, small brownish pink mushrooms, in grass

Common Laccaria

Laccaria laccata
The common laccaria has a small, brownish pink cap with a central depression; the gills and stalk are a pale pinkish brown. Grows scattered or in groups in poor or sandy soil in mixed woods.

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Photo of cluster of common laccaria, small brownish pink mushrooms, in grass

Common Laccaria

The common laccaria has a small, brownish pink cap with a central depression; the gills and stalk are a pale pinkish brown. Grows scattered or in groups in poor or sandy soil in mixed woods.

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Photo of cluster of pinkish crown-tipped coral mushrooms growing on rotting log

Crown-Tipped Coral

Artomyces pyxidatus (formerly Clavicorona pyxidata)
The crown-tipped coral is a many-branched, coral-like mushroom that is yellowish tan with crownlike tips. It grows on the dead wood of deciduous trees.

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Photo of cluster of pinkish crown-tipped coral mushrooms growing on rotting log

Crown-Tipped Coral

The fruiting body of this mushroom is branched, usually in 3-sided groupings, with crownlike tips. The color is yellowish, becoming tannish or, as in this specimen, pinkish. It grows on dead wood in the summertime.

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Closeup photo of crown-tipped coral, a whitish, branching mushroom, on a log

Crown-Tipped Coral

Although this species is edible, be careful: It has been known to cause gastrointestinal upset. Important clues for identifying a crown-tipped coral are: It is one of the few corals that grow on wood; if you take a tiny taste, it will be peppery; and the tips are crownlike, like the pinnacles of a tiny castle.

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