Archive for the ‘Fungi’ Category

Glistening Inkcap “Coprinellus micaceus”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


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


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




















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