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Photo of bearded tooth, a white beardlike mushroom, growing on a rotting log

Bearded Tooth (Lion’s Mane; Hedgehog Mushroom)

The bearded tooth is a beardlike, whitish mass that grows on trunks of living deciduous trees and on fallen trees and logs.

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Photo of bearded tooth, white round beardlike mushroom growing from tree trunk

Bearded Tooth (Lion’s Mane; Hedgehog Mushroom)

Bearded tooth grows singly, on the trunks of living deciduous trees and on fallen trees and logs. It feeds off of dead or dying trees, decomposing them in the process.

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Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

The flowers of Bradbury beebalm are often white or pale lavender with purple spots. Note the unbranching stems and the sessile (stalkless) leaves. Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, this showy, fragrant plant is a favorite of native plant gardeners.

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Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pinkish flowers

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Bradbury beebalm is a clump-forming perennial with square, unbranched stems. All parts of the plant have a pleasant aroma. Flowers normally in 1 terminal cluster, subtended by many small leaves that frequently are rose-purple. The flowers themselves vary from white to lavender to pinkish.

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Photo of beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster

Beefsteak Plant

Introduced from Asia as an ornamental, beefsteak plant is common in moist or dry wooded bottomlands, open valley pastures, and along trails, railroads, and roadsides. It is edible, and red forms of it are often grown in herb gardens.

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Photo of beefsteak polypore, a rust-colored bracket fungus growing on tree base

Beefsteak Polypore

The beefsteak polypore is a thick, semicircular, reddish or rusty, gelatinous bracket with a pinkish yellow underside. It grows at the base of living oaks and on stumps.

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Photo of beefsteak polypore, pored bracket fungus, shown upside-down

Beefsteak Polypore (Underside)

The cap is semicircular or spoon-shaped. The pores are circular; whitish, becoming reddish brown. The spore-producing tubes are very small and closely packed but do not touch each other. The stalk (if present) is very short and thick, broad, then tapered.

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Photo of bellwort

Bellwort (Large Bellwort)

A common spring wildflower found in forests nearly statewide, bellwort has bell-shaped flowers that droop downward. The yellow petals sometimes look twisted, almost wilted.

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Photo of Berkeley's polypore, a whitish rosette mushroom

Berkeley's Polypore

Berkeley's polypore grows in rosettes or clusters of fleshy, cream-colored caps, with whitish pores that descend the stalk. Look for them on the ground near the bases of trees. This picture shows an older specimen.

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Photo of a Berkeley's polypore, a yellow rosette-shapped cluster of mushrooms

Berkeley's Polypore

The Berkeley's polypore grows in one or more large clusters, on the ground near the bases of deciduous trees, especially oaks.

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