Archive for the ‘Fungi’ Category

Glistening Inkcap “Coprinellus micaceus”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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Glistening Inkcap  “Coprinellus micaceus” (formerly “Coprinus micaceus”)  Cap yellowish brown to 2″ across, stalk to 4.5″ tall, spore print brown to black, oval to bell-shaped with minute glistening particles but eventually convex.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or. 12/10/2008

Common Puffball

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Common Puffball “Lycoperdon perlatum” Height and diameter 2 to 3 inches, Size 2-3 inches,solitary or clustered. Tan when young turning brown with age. Clouds of white to yellow spores emitted from a pore on the top. Edible when “firm and white inside”. Photo: Stevens State Park near Astoria, Or  11/29/2014 by Teri Robinson

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Parasol Mushroom “Lepiota procera”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Parasol Mushroom “Lepiota procera”  The stalk is 5- 15″ tall and the cap is 3-10″ in diameter.  The cap is smooth and brown early on but is soon covered with shaggy scales.  Gills white and not attached to stalk.  A ” Veil” covers the gills initially but it eventually becomes a prominent double-edged ring on the stalk.  Near Rainier, OR. Top Photos:  10/20/2006 & Bottom Photo 10/25/2011

Purple Coral Club “Clavaria purpurea”

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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Purple Coral Club “Clavaria pupurea”  Purple, fragile and worm-like. Height 3-5″.  Generally found on wet ground in coniferous woods. “Edible but not considered to be choice”.   Photo:  Camp Magruder near Rockaway Beach, Or.  11/12/2007

Cauliflower Mushroom “Sparassis crispus”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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

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Scaly Chanterelle “Gomphus kauffmanii”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

scaly-chanterelle-480x389Scaly 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”

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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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.

Lobster Mushroom “Hypomyces lactifluorum”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

MG_9265_1-480x447Lobster 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

Earth Star “Geastrum sessile”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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Earth Star “Geastrum sessile”.  Close relative of the puffballs, less than 2″ diameter & 2″ tall, outer layer splits into 6 to 10 rays that elevate the spore sack. Found in mixed forests in the fall & winter in the Pacific N.W.   Photo:  Rainier, Or.  9/26/2004

Sulpher Tuft Mushroom

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

_MG_8407Sulphur Tuft “Hypholoma fasciculare”  Stalk 4 inches tall with smooth sulfur yellow cap 3 inches in diameter.  May to June and August to November on decayed stumps and buried woods.  Widespread in North America.  Very bitter and probably poisonous.  Photo:  Rainier, O_MG_6407 - Version 2_MG_6414r 10/25/2014 and 11/02/2013