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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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