Cauliflower Mushroom “Sparassis crispus” Cream colored and looks somewhat like egg noodles. Size 4 to 34 inches high and broad while weighing as much as 50 pounds. Spores white to cream to yellow. Edible and considered to be choice. Parasitic on conifers. Photo: Hopkins Demonstration Forest near Oregon City, Or 11/15/2014
Scaly Chanterelle “Gomphus kauffmanii” (not closely related to the edible chanterelles). Cylindric when young but eventually forms a funnel. Light brown to light yellow and the inner surface is scaly. Up to 12″ tall and 10″ in diameter. Found in association with conifers. Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home, Or. 8/28/2007.
White Barrel Bird’s Nest “Nidula niveo-tomentosa” Small white woolly cylinders forming white cups approximately 1/4″ in diameter and 1/4″ tall. The membranes covering the cups split open when it rains and that allows the small mahogany colored “eggs” to be splashed out and distributed. Each “egg” contains a powdery mass of spores. Photo: Salem, OR 12/22/2006.
Noble Fir “Abies procera” Pine Family (Pinaceae). Tree up to 5′ in diameter and 150′ tall. This tree was a blow down next to the trail and that made for a much easier picture. Grows from 2,000 to 5,000′ in Or. & Wa. Cascade Mts. and Coast Range in N.W. Or. True firs have cones that stick straight up like candles. Cone Mt. Near Sweet Home Or. 6/4/2007
Lobster Mushroom “Hypomyces lactifluorum” This is an oddity among mushrooms. It is a white mushroom with gills infected by a parasitic mold. This results in a bright orange to red mushroom without gills. It is fairly common in our northwest forests and it is considered to be tasty. Photo: Near Drift Creek Falls East of Lincoln City, OR. 8/21/2010
Indian Rhubarb “Darmera peitata” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae) Perennial, plant 1-4 feet tall, flowers in rounded heads of pink or white flowers, leaves are 12-15″ wide and coarsely toothed and they appear after the plant has flowered. Blooms late spring-early summer among the rocks in raised gravely areas in the stream beads of S.W. Or. Photo: Near Selma, Or 4/28/2007