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Black-Footed Polypore (Top)

Photo of top of black-footed polypore mushroom showing smooth fan-shaped cap
The black-footed polypore grows on wood. It has a wavy cap that is reddish to brownish, becoming darker with age; the texture is dry, smooth, tough, and leathery. The stalk is black, smooth, and off-center. More

Black-Staining Polypore

Photo of black-staining polypore, tan fan-shaped rosette mushroom
This fungus forms large circular clusters of many fleshy, grayish yellow, fan-shaped caps, which bruise black when cut or touched. It grows on the ground around deciduous trees, especially oaks. More

Black-Staining Polypore

Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps
This fungus grows in large circular clusters, on the ground around stumps of living deciduous trees, especially oaks. It feeds off of dead or dying trees, decomposing them and returning nutrients to the soil—an unglamorous but vital role in the ecosystem. More

Blackberry Lily

Photo of blackberry lily showing open and spent flowers and developing fruits.
Blackberry lily has leaves like an iris, flowers like an Asian lily, and seeds that look like blackberries! Introduced as an ornamental, this self-seeding member of the iris family occurs on bluffs, roadsides, and old homesites. It blooms July–August. More

Blackberry Lily Flowers

Photo of blackberry lily flowers.
In blackberry lily, the sepals and petals (together, the tepals) are very similar: spreading, orange, with crimson or brownish spots. You must look closely to see that the 3 petals are slightly shorter than the 3 sepals. Each flower remains open for only a single day. There are 3 stamens (true lilies, in the lily family, usually have 6). More

Blackberry Lily Fruit Stalk

Photo of blackberry lily fruit stalk showing blackberry-like fruits.
The dried fruiting stalks of black berry lily can be used in dried flower arrangements. The stalks reach 3, sometimes 4 feet high. Blackberry lily is a short-lived perennial. It readily self-seeds, however, and naturalized populations can endure for many years. More

Blackberry Lily Fruits

Photo of two blackberry lily fruits, one split open, the other not.
The fruit of blackberry lily is a pear-shaped capsule about an inch long, that splits open and withers, revealing shiny black seeds, looking very much like a blackberry. The seeds remain attached for many weeks. More

Blackberry Lily Leaves

Photo of blackberry lily leaves.
The leaves of blackberry lily grow in broad, flattened fans. Each swordlike leaf is folded tightly lengthwise. They are nearly identical to those of the familiar garden iris and can reach about 15 inches long. More