Content tagged with "Mushrooms"

Photo of lobster mushroom, which is orange-yellow and finely bumpy

Lobster Mushroom

Hypomyces lactifluorum
In a lobster mushroom, the cap, gills, and stalk of a host mushroom are covered by a finely bumpy, vivid orange to orange-red layer of mold. The gills of the host mushroom can be entirely obscured by the parasite.

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Photo of two meadow mushrooms, at different angles, white with pinkish tan gills

Meadow Mushroom

Agaricus campestris
The meadow mushroom has a smooth white to light grayish cap and pinkish brown gills. It's found in lawns and other grassy areas.

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Photo of mica cap cluster, bell-shaped, brown, capped mushrooms

Mica Cap (Common Inky)

Coprinellus micaceus (formerly Coprinus micaceus)
The mica cap has a bell-shaped, tawny brown, radially lined cap and inky gills. It grows in clusters around stumps or on wood debris.

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Photo of common morels growing on forest floor


Morchella species
A favorite Missouri wild edible, morels only appear in the spring. They're very hard to see, but that's part of the fun of hunting them. Learn to identify them, and you can enjoy the hunt, too.

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Photo of multicolor gill polypore, a colorfully zoned bracket fungus on a log

Multicolor Gill Polypore

Lenzites betulina
Multicolor gill polypore is a bracket fungus with a semicircular, tough, hairy, multicolored, zoned cap; beneath, it's white, with leathery, gill-like tubes. It grows on dead deciduous wood.

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Photo of an old man of the woods, a grayish, pored mushroom with a shaggy cap

Old Man Of The Woods

Strobilomyces floccopus
The old man of the woods has a grayish black, shaggy cap with grayish pores and a grayish black, shaggy stalk. It usually grows singly, on the ground in mixed hardwood forests.

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Photo of onusta amanita mushroom closeup on cap showing gray-tan scalelike warts

Onusta Amanita (Loaded Lepidella; Gunpowder Lepidella)

Amanita onusta
The onusta amanita has a grayish white cap with grayish brown warts that are often erect, and a long stalk with grayish brown warts. It grows on the ground in mixed woods.

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Photo of orange mycena cluster, small, orange, gilled mushrooms

Orange Mycena

Mycena leaiana
The orange mycena is a small, sticky, bell-shaped, orange mushroom. It grows in dense clusters on deciduous wood.

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Photo of orange pinwheel marasmius, tiny, orange, pleated, gilled mushroom

Orange Pinwheel Marasmius

Marasmius siccus
The orange pinwheel marasmius is a tiny mushroom with an orange, bell-shaped, pleated cap, white gills, and a skinny brownish stalk. It grows scattered to many on dead leaves, wood, and twigs of deciduous trees.

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Photo of oyster mushrooms growing on a tree trunk

Oyster Mushroom

Pleurotus ostreatus and P. pulmonarius
Oyster mushrooms are choice edibles with broad, fleshy, whitish, grayish, or tan caps and a stubby, off-center stalk. They grow clustered on stumps, logs, and trunks.

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