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Photo of two cinnabar polypores, bright red-orange bracket fungi, on a log

Cinnabar Polypore

It's hard to confuse this bracket fungus with any others: No other small Missouri polypore is bright red-orange on the cap and on the underside.

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Photo of a cinnabar polypore, which is a reddish orange bracket fungus

Cinnabar Polypore

The cinnabar polypore is a bracket fungus that is tough, fan-shaped, and bright red-orange above and below. It grows on dead deciduous branches, twigs, and wood, mainly oak.

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Closeup photo of pore surface beneath cap of cinnabar polypore, a bracket fungus

Cinnabar Polypore (Closeup of Pore Surface)

The pores under the cap of the cinnabar polypore are angular and irregular and are bright cinnabar-red to orange-red, the same color as the rest of the cap.

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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

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 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 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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Common Plants and Animals

Learn about Missouri's common plants, animals, and mushrooms, and get tips on how to avoid outdoor pests, such as chiggers, ticks and poison ivy.

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