Content tagged with "Mushrooms"


Photo of earthstars, ball mushrooms with starlike rays, on forest floor
Geastrum species
An earthstar is a roundish ball in the center of starlike rays. It grows on the ground in open woods. 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

Elegant Stinkhorn

Photo of an elegant stinkhorn mushroom, a pink column covered with brown slime
Mutinus elegans
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. It grows on leafy debris, mulch piles, and rotting wood. More

Emetic Russula

Photo of emetic russula mushroom with red cap and whitish stalk
Russula emetica
The emetic russula has a uniformly red cap with off-white gills and stalk; its flesh and stalk are brittle. It grows singly or in groups, on moss and in mixed woods. More

Fairy Ring Mushroom

Photo of many tan fairy ring mushrooms, some uprooted, growing in grass
Marasmius oreades
The fairy ring mushroom has a tan to reddish brown, knobbed cap with off-white gills. It grows in grassy areas, lawns, meadows, often in circles called fairy rings. More

False Morels

Image of a false morel
Gyromitra spp. (false morels); Helvella spp. (elfin saddles)
This group of poisonous mushrooms includes species that are commonly confused with the delectable morels. Before you go mushroom hunting, learn how to tell the difference between these fungi and the truly edible morels. More

False Turkey Tail

Photo of false turkey tail bracket fungus closeup, one showing smooth underside
Stereum ostrea
False turkey tail grows in large, layered groups of leathery, parchmentlike brackets with multicolored zones and a smooth underside. Look for it on stumps and logs of deciduous trees, especially oaks. More

Fawn Mushroom

Photo of a fawn mushroom, which is a brownish gray, gilled, capped mushroom
Pluteus atricapillus (formerly P. cervinus)
The fawn mushroom has a brownish gray cap with whitish to pinkish gills and a whitish stalk. It grows singly or scattered, on dead wood or on the ground over buried wood. More

Frost’s Bolete

Photo of two Frost's boletes, red mushrooms with pores, at different angles
Boletus frostii
Frost’s bolete has a blood red cap with red pores and a red, webbed stalk; all parts bruise blue. It grows scattered on the ground in oak woods. More

Gabled False Morel

Photo of gabled false morel, a floppy, orange club fungus
Gyromitra brunnea
The gabled false morel has a reddish brown, lobed, wrinkled cap and a whitish stalk stuffed with cottony tissue. It grows singly or in groups in mixed woods. More