Past Mushrooms of the Month
Mushroom of the Month: January, 2016
(Reposted from posting on google groups with photos courtesy of Hugh Smith)
How about all this rain!
Those were a beautiful display of Honey Mushrooms, Hugh! Tight and turgid and just the right time to harvest.
Seeing them prompted me to write a few lines about Honeys not from any formal knowledge...but from my work experience and from 'experts' with whom I consulted for my clients in my work with trees. I hope it is helpful to some of you. I am not a scientist...just an observer.
Mushroom of the Month: December, 2015
Coccoras are one of my favorite mushrooms to see and collect. The distinctive colors, thick cottony cap and striation on the cap edge makes this amanita a little easier to id. If I am unsure at any point, it stays in the ground and I take away the memory, image and sometimes a photo.
Debbie Viess has a very informative link here on BAMMS web site which tells more about this species.
Mushroom of the Month: October, 2015
We’ve probably all run across Marasmius plicatulus during our walks in the woods; the tall, brightly-colored fruitbodies occur in many kinds of habitats every year, often in large troops. And what an excellent little mushroom to be so familiar. This species has a lot of features setting it apart from the rest of it’s marasmioid brethren: electric-sunset stipe coloration, oddly wiry-stipes (often tipped in pom-poms of creamy-white mycelium), and finely velvety caps often covered in beaded-up water droplets.
Mushroom of the Month: June, 2015
As a member of FFSC, I have been trying to find my "prince" in the woods. I have heard rumors that they have been around in the fall/spring at Marshall fields, but for me, I am still waiting.
My friend Sue Labiste found some right outside her home in the Santa Cruz mountains. Here is what she shared. Hopefully my luck will change.
Mushroom of the Month: April, 2015
Those of us who are passionate about all aspects of wild mushrooms are a breed apart. As mycophilic outliers to the societal norm, what better focus for our discerning attention than a mycological oddity like the newly named Amanita pruittii? This mushroom is unimposing, squat and warted, sometimes grows in standing water, and most curiously, is not found with a mycorrhizal partner!
What kind of strange Amanita is this??!