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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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Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

Berkeley’s Polypore

This fresh Berkeley’s polypore is young enough to be harvested. When mature, Berkeley’s polypores become too tough to eat. Many mushrooms change appearance dramatically as they mature, making it important to collect them more than once to get an accurate identification.

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Photo of several big bluestem seed heads against a blue sky.

Big Bluestem (Seed Heads)

Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is the most famous grass of the tallgrass prairie. Its flowering stalks can reach 8 feet tall. Another common name, “turkey foot,” can help you identify big bluestem: The seed heads usually branch into three parts, resembling turkey feet.

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Photo of bird's-foot violet, lavender form

Bird's-Foot Violet (Lavender Form)

Bird’s-foot violet, named for its deeply lobed leaves, has two color phases: either all 5 petals are pale lilac or lavender, as pictured here, or the upper 2 petals are deep, velvety purple with the 3 lower petals pale lilac to lavender. The center of the united stamens is always deep orange. This wildflower blooms April-June.

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Photo of bird's-foot trefoil, closeup of flower cluster.

Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

The flowers of bird's-foot trefoil grow in umbels, at the tips of the stalks, and have the typical configuration of pea flowers. This plant blooms May–September.

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