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Why Leaves Change Color

MDC video host Kipp Woods explains why leaves change color and helps you follow the show of fall color throughout Missouri.

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A 20-Year Look (circa 1955)

Produced by Missouri Dept. of Conservation (circa 1955).

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Photo of Adam and Eve orchid leaf

Adam and Eve Orchid (Leaf)

Adam and Eve orchids have leaves from September all the way through winter. There's a good chance you've noticed this orchid on your winter hikes and wondered about its strange appearance: a green-and-white-striped, pleated leaf lying flat upon the dead leaves on the forest floor. Check back in May to see its flowers!

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Adam and Eve Orchid (Putty Root) (Flowers)

Flowers arise on a bare stem and are light to dark brown and about ½ inch long. They are sometimes slightly purple toward the base of the 3 sepals and petals. The lip is small, white, with 3 lobes and magenta markings. The leaves of this orchid wither away by flowering time in May and June.

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Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

Alcohol Inky (Cut in Half)

The gills of the alcohol inky start out whitish, but they begin to turn black and liquefy in a matter of hours.

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Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom, older specimen, with deliquescing edges.

Alcohol Inky (Deliquescing)

The “inky” part of this mushroom’s common name comes from the fact that the gills turn to black inky liquid as they mature.

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Photo of two alcohol inky mushrooms emerging from the ground.

Alcohol Inky (Young Specimens)

The alcohol inky gets its name from the fact that if you eat this mushroom up to three days before or after consuming alcohol, you’ll probably get very sick.

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Photo of an unknown amanita mushroom with a yellow cap

Amanita (Unknown Species)

Eating only a tiny amount of a poisonous amanita species can be deadly. Experienced mushroom hunters avoid amanitas for this reason. Identification can be difficult. Don't eat any parasol-shaped mushrooms with white gills. Several experienced mushroom hunters asked to identify the one in this picture cannot say for sure what it is.

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