Archive for the ‘Fungi’ Category
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
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
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.
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