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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 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 plant with flowers

Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil forms low patches of bright yellow flowers along roadsides, having been planted to stabilize soil after road construction. Up close, it clearly has pea flowers. The leaves are trifoliate, with two leafy stipules at the base of each.

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Photo of bird’s-foot trefoil plant with flowers

Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil produces its bright golden yellow flowers from May to September. A native of Europe, it has a worldwide distribution. It is used as a low-growing groundcover, soil stabilizer, and forage and cover crop.

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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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Photo of bird's-foot violet (bicolored form)

Bird’s-Foot Violet (Purple and Lavender Form)

One of the color variations of bird’s-foot violet has 2 deep purple petals on top, and 3 lavender petals below. Also called “pansy violet” and “hens and roosters,” this spring wildflower can make a glade or bluff top heavenly with its pretty lavender and purple “faces.” When you see your first big colony of bird’s-foot violets, you will probably never forget it.

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Photo of 2 bitter bolete mushrooms showing top and underside of caps and stalk.

Bitter Bolete

The bitter bolete has a large, smooth, tannish brown cap with pinkish white pores and a webbed, tannish brown stalk. The cap often cracks with age. It grows singly or scattered on the ground in mixed woods.

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Photo of broken bitter bolete mushroom cap, being held to show pores

Bitter Bolete (Pores)

A broken bitter bolete cap, showing the long pinkish pore tubes.

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