Content tagged with "Mushrooms"

Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

Grifola frondosa
Looking like a ruffled chicken, the edible hen of the woods mushroom grows like large circular bouquet of spoon-shaped caps, each grayish brown on top and white beneath, emerging from a branching, whitish base. It grows on the ground at the base of oak trees.

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Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
This polypore is an orange to tan, fan-shaped bracket that is scaly on top; the underside has rows of white, six-sided, radially arranged pores. It grows singly or in groups on dead branches of deciduous trees.

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Photo of young, yellow-phase honey mushrooms.

Honey Mushroom

Armillaria mellea
The honey mushroom has a honey-colored, sticky cap with black hairs over the center, and a stalk with a whitish ring. It grows in clusters at the bases of trees or stumps, especially oaks, and over buried wood.

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Photo of several Indian pipe plants with flowers, rising out of leaf litter.

Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora
Is that a wildflower, or a mushroom? Unlike most plants, Indian pipe lacks chlorophyll, so it is white, not green. Below ground, its roots join with fungi that connect to tree roots. This plant, then, takes nourishment indirectly from the trees.

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Photo of indigo milky, bluish gilled mushroom, with cuts bleeding blue sap

Indigo Milky

Lactarius indigo
Entire mushroom bluish, bleeding blue; then greenish, bruising greenish. The indigo milky grows scattered or in groups on soil in oak and pine woods.

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jack-o-lantern mushroom


Omphalotus illudens (formerly O. olearius)
Jack-o’-lanterns are bright orange to yellowish orange, with sharp-edged gills that descend the stalk. They grow in clusters, at the base of stumps, and from buried roots of oak and other deciduous wood.

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Photo of jellied false coral mushroom, a rounded mass of white branches

Jellied False Coral

Tremellodendron pallidum
The jellied false coral is a branching, whitish, leathery, coral-like jelly fungus. It grows on the ground in deciduous or mixed woods.

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Photo of jelly baby single yellowish gelatinous mushroom

Jelly Baby

Leotia lubrica
The jelly baby is a small mushroom with a gelatinous, orangish yellow stalk and head. It grows in groups on soil in mixed woods.

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Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

Ganoderma lucidum
The ling chih is a hard, usually flat, zoned bracket fungus with a reddish brown, shiny top. It grows at the base of living and dead deciduous trees, and also around stumps.

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a row of little brown, umbrella-shaped mushrooms along a decaying log

Little Brown Mushrooms

Various species of confusingly similar mushrooms
Like the LGBs (“little gray birds”) of the birdwatchers, this is a catchall category. It includes all the small to medium-sized, hard-to-identify brownish mushroom with spores of all colors. There are many hundreds of species that fit this description!

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