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Photo of crown-tipped coral mushroom closeup showing branching tips

Crown-Tipped Coral (Branch 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.

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Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood

Dryad’s Saddle

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.

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Photo of dryad's saddle, a tan, pored, bracket mushroom, growing on tree trunk

Dryad’s Saddle

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.

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Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood

Dryad’s Saddle

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.

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Photo of pale yellow pore surface under several dryad's saddle bracket fungi

Dryad’s Saddle

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.

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Photo of eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom

Eastern Cauliflower 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.

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Closeup photo of an eastern cauliflower mushroom, with whitish ribbonlike folds

Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

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.

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Photo of eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom

Eastern Cauliflower 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.

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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.

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Photo of an elegant stinkhorn mushroom, a pink column covered with brown slime

Elegant Stinkhorn

The elegant stinkhorn is a long, tapered, pinkish orange column with a greenish brown, smelly slime covering the top and a white cup around the base.

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