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Crown-Tipped Coral (Branch Tips)

Photo of crown-tipped coral mushroom closeup showing branching tips
The crown-tipped coral is a many-branched, coral-like mushroom that is yellowish tan. The tips are crownlike, like the pinnacles of a tiny castle. More

Dryad’s Saddle

Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood
Polyporus squamosus
The dryad's saddle is a large, fleshy, scaly, yellowish tan bracket fungus with large, yellowish white pores and a short stalk; it smells like watermelon rind. It grows singly or in layers, on living or dead deciduous wood. More

Dryad’s Saddle

Photo of dryad's saddle, a tan, pored, bracket mushroom, growing on tree trunk
Dryad's saddle grows singly or in layers, on living or dead deciduous wood. It and other such saprobic fungi play an incredibly important role in breaking down the tough materials wood is made of and returning those nutrients to the soil. More

Dryad’s Saddle

Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood
The dryad's saddle is a large, fleshy, scaly, yellowish tan bracket fungus with large, yellowish white pores and a short stalk; it smells like watermelon rind. More

Dryad’s Saddle

Photo of pale yellow pore surface under several dryad's saddle bracket fungi
The pores beneath dryad's saddle caps are large, angular, and yellowish white. This mushroom is considered a reasonably good edible—especially when the mushroom is young. More

Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

Photo of eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom
The eastern cauliflower mushroom is a large, stalkless, whitish yellow rosette with flattened, wavy, ribbonlike folds. It grows singly, often at the base of decayed oak stumps. More

Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

Closeup photo of an eastern cauliflower mushroom, with whitish ribbonlike folds
This fungus grows singly, often at the base of decayed oak stumps. It can be quite common when we have a good, wet summer. However, it is rare in a dry summer. It is unusual-looking and easy to identify. Think of a wavy, whitish yellow ribbon. More

Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

Photo of eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom
Sparassis spathulata (S. herbstii)
The eastern cauliflower mushroom is a large, stalkless, whitish yellow rosette with flattened, wavy, ribbonlike folds. It grows singly, at the bases of trees and often at the base of decayed oak stumps. More

Edible Mushrooms

After you've learned to identify wild mushrooms, you're ready to start sampling some of the best eating Missouri's woods has to offer. More

Elegant Stinkhorn

Photo of elegant stinkhorn mushroom and immature eggs, with one egg cut in half.
The mature elegant stinkhorn is a tapered orange or pink column. The immature stages look like small white eggs. Cutting them in half is important for identification: Halved stinkhorn eggs look very different from immature capped mushrooms, in which you can see the developing mushroom cap. Stinkhorns can go from an unopened egg to fully mature in just a few hours. More